September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam. The single bloodiest day of the War Between the States. The battle in which General Lee’s Maryland Campaign was repulsed by General McClellan’s Army of the Potomac. The day which left thousands of mothers desolate.
The Story of the Battle of Antietam is by no means exhaustive – on the contrary, it was written primarily for children. But it provided a comprehensive examination of the battle, including the days preceding and succeeding it. The movements of both armies are discussed and pictures are provided of the key leaders of the battle as well as the locations, campsites, and battlefields involved.
In explanation of the beginning of the war, Mr. Kent says,
“Since 1861, the United States had been gripped by civil war. A long, raging argument over slavery and states’ rights had torn the country in two. In the North, where factories thrived, thousands of European immigrants were willing to work for low wages. Most northerners had no use for slavery, and many considered it cruel and immoral. In the South, however, cotton was the major crop. It was grown on large plantations worked by African slaves. The southerners depended on slavery for the success of their farming economy.” [pg. 7]
While this paragraph may be true as far as it goes, it gives an imbalanced version of the causes of the war. This could easily be remedied by a little parental instruction.
‘My God’ is used once in the middle of the battle.
Conclusion. An excellent resource that describes the Battle of Antietam in language that children can understand and adults can learn from.
Review © 2013 Laura Verret