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The Antietam Campaign$
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Gary W. Gallagher

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780807824818

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807835913_gallagher

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The Net Result of the Campaign Was in Our Favor

The Net Result of the Campaign Was in Our Favor

Confederate Reaction to the MarylandCampaign

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(p.3) The Net Result of the Campaign Was in Our Favor
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The Antietam Campaign
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Gary W. Gallagher

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807835913_gallagher.4

This chapter explores Confederate reaction to the Maryland campaign. It suggests that the campaign can be viewed as the last act in a much larger watershed—one that witnessed the dramatic reorientation of the war in the Eastern Theater from the outskirts of Richmond to the Potomac River. During the period from late June through mid-September 1862, Confederate citizens watched as Robert E. Lee won victories at the Seven Days and Second Manassas, and then carried the war into United States territory. The capture of Harpers Ferry, along with the sharp repulse of a small part of the Union army at Shepherdstown five days later, helped offset news of Lee's withdrawal from Maryland after what was widely perceived as a bloody tactical standoff at Sharpsburg. Most Confederates maintained a high level of confidence in Lee, who, together with his army, increasingly served as their nation's principal rallying point.

Keywords:   Civil War, Maryland campaign, Robert E. Lee, Confederates, Harpers Ferry

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