When Robert E. Lee marched his Army of Northern Virginia into Maryland in early September 1862, Major General George B. McClellan moved his reorganized and revitalized Army of the Potomac to meet him. The campaign included some of the bloodiest, most dramatic, and influential combat of the entire Civil War …
One of the campaign’s participants was Ezra A. Carman, the colonel of the 13th New Jersey Infantry. After the horrific fighting of September 17, 1862, he recorded in his diary that he was preparing “a good map of the Antietam battle and a full account of the action.” The project became the most significant work of his life.
From hundreds of veterans’ accounts, thousands of letters, and dozens of maps, Carman wrote an 1,800-page manuscript on the campaign, from its start in northern Virginia through McClellan’s removal from command in November 1862. It is the finest treatment of the campaign ever written.
Dr. Thomas G. Clemens, a foremost historian of the Maryland Campaign, has spent more than two decades studying the campaign and editing and richly annotating Carman’s exhaustively written manuscript. The result is The Maryland Campaign of September 1862. Jammed with firsthand accounts, personal anecdotes, maps, photos, a biographical dictionary, and a database of veterans’ accounts of the fighting, this long-awaited study will be read and appreciated as battle history at its finest.