Unholy Sabbath: The Battle of South Mountain in History and Memory

Unholy Sabbath The Battle of South Mountain in History and Memory Many readers of Civil War history have been led to believe that the battle of South Mountain September was but a trifling skirmish a preliminary engagement of little strategic or tactical co

  • Title: Unholy Sabbath: The Battle of South Mountain in History and Memory
  • Author: Brian Matthew Jordan
  • ISBN: 9781611210880
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Many readers of Civil War history have been led to believe that the battle of South Mountain September 14, 1862 was but a trifling skirmish, a preliminary engagement of little strategic or tactical consequence overshadowed by Antietam s horrific carnage just three days later In fact, the fight was a decisive Federal victory and important turning point in the campaign, aMany readers of Civil War history have been led to believe that the battle of South Mountain September 14, 1862 was but a trifling skirmish, a preliminary engagement of little strategic or tactical consequence overshadowed by Antietam s horrific carnage just three days later In fact, the fight was a decisive Federal victory and important turning point in the campaign, as historian Brian Matthew Jordan convincingly argues in his fresh interpretation Unholy Sabbath The Battle of South Mountain in History and Memory, September 14, 1862.

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    1. South Mountain was an important battle in the days before Antietam as barely 3 divisions of Confederates attempted to defend 3 mountain gaps and stall a Union offensive led by 3 corps.Jordan has an enviable education for a modern Civil War historian (Gettysburg College's History & Civil War Studies program). He delivers a mix of the regiment-by-regiment tactical closeup with a strategic view that considers South Mountain in its own right rather than a mere precursor to Antietam. I would cons [...]

    2. As the author says, South Mountain gets swallowed up by other events around it. Jordan does a reasonably good job of laying out the course of the campaign and the battle. I'm not certain that he motivates the sequence of coverage well enough in the book. The order of coverage of Turner's and Fox Gaps more-or-less follows the flow of the battle, but there doesn't seem much reason to cover those before covering Franklin's attack on Crampton's Gap. In addition, there are some copy editing mistakes [...]

    3. An excellent book put out by Savas Beatie publications on the often forgotten and overlooked Battle of South Mountain which took place prior to Antietam during the Maryland Campaign. Very well written and researched with some absolutely wonderful quotes sprinkled throughout. Highly recommend this one.Interesting and thought provoking.

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