McPherson, James. Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam 1862, Ltd Ed., Signed
James McPherson in Limited Edition and Signed!
James McPherson’s Crossroads of Freedom Limited Edition, Signed.
James McPherson paints a masterful account of this pivotal battle, the events that led up to it, and its aftermath.
As McPherson shows, by September 1862 the survival of the United States was in doubt. The Union had suffered a string of defeats, and Lee’s army was in Maryland, poised to threaten Washington. The British government was openly talking of recognizing the Confederacy and brokering a peace between North and South. Northern armies and voters were demoralized. And Lincoln had shelved his proposed edict of emancipation months before, waiting for a victory that had not come.
Both sides knew that they were marching toward a decisive battle. It came along the ridges and in the woods and cornfields between Antietam Creek and the Potomac River. Valor, misjudgment, and astonishing coincidence all played a role in the outcome. McPherson vividly describes a day of savage fighting in locales that became forever famous – the Cornfield, the Dunkard Church, the West Woods, and Bloody Lane.
Lee’s battered army escaped to fight another day, but Antietam was a critical victory for the Union. McPherson brilliantly weaves these strands of diplomatic, political and military history into a compact, swift-moving narrative that shows why America’s bloodiest day is, indeed, a crossroads.
McPherson, James M. CROSSROADS OF FREEDOM: ANTIETAM 1862. Oxford: 2002. Limited Edition, 224p., illustrations, maps.