Bloodiest Day Battle of Antietam TP w/ Poster Osprey Larry Hama Scott Moore 1st print Graphic History


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The Bloodiest Day: Battle of Antietam (Graphic History) Paperback
by Larry Hama (Author), Scott Moore (Illustrator)

The Battle of Antietam was the first major Civil War engagement on Northern soil, and saw stiff Union resistance halt General Lee’s bold advance. This book visualizes the key tactical decisions and remarkable acts of courage.

The battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862 was the first major Civil War engagement on Northern soil, and it remains the bloodiest single-day battle in American history. Of the 90,000 troops that fought, over 23,000 were killed or wounded. Antietam also marked a significant turning point: General Lee’s bold invasion of the North was halted, and the Union’s success, though not exploited, gave President Lincoln the victory he needed to make his Emancipation Proclamation. The battle arguably sealed the fate of the Confederacy, even if the war still had nearly three years to run. This book accurately brings to life this significant and very costly engagement in highly accessible graphic novel format. It also includes eight pages of authoritative information placing Antietam in its historical context, describing the key players, the build-up to the battle and its aftermath.

Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing

Each book in this series starts with a four-page overview (including maps), showcases the battle for 36 pages, then concludes with two-page wrap-up, glossary, and index. Well done.

“The Bloodiest Day” references poetry (Barbara Frietchie), shows the finding of the confederate troop movements wrapped in with some cigars, show sthe generals’ decision-making processes, includes quotes (!), and much more. This is a decent overview of the events. It would be a good supplement to the less-than-adequate coverage of the American Civil War found in textbooks.

Near mint, 1st print. Poster still bound in back of book.