During the summer time of 1862, a accomplice resurgence threatened to show the tide of the Civil struggle. while the Union’s prior multitheater thrust into the South proved to be a strategic overreach, the Confederacy observed its probability to opposite the lack of the higher South via counteroffensives from the Chesapeake to the Mississippi. Benjamin Franklin Cooling tells this tale in Counter-Thrust, recounting in riveting aspect Robert E. Lee’s flouting of his antagonist George B. McClellan’s force to trap the accomplice capital at Richmond and describing the accomplice hero’s long-dreamt-of offensive to reclaim crucial and northerly Virginia ahead of crossing the Potomac.
Counter-Thrust additionally presents a window into the Union’s inner clash, which hampered construction a winning army management crew in this defining interval. Cooling indicates us Lincoln’s management in disarray, with kin among the president and box commander McClellan strained to the verge of collapse. He additionally exhibits how the fortunes of struggle shifted suddenly within the Union’s want, climaxing at Antietam with the bloodiest unmarried day in American history—and in Lincoln’s choice to announce a initial emancipation proclamation. right here in all its gritty element and substantial intensity is a severe second within the unfolding of the Civil warfare and American history.
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