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Antietam: The Lost Order [Hardcover]

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Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 2006
Publisher   Pelican Publishing Company
ISBN  1589803663  
EAN  9781589803664  

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The true story of the lost battle plans that led to the bloody battle of Antietam. Under the fantastic set of circumstances at Harper's Ferry, the Confederates lost and the Union recovered a copy of Confederate battle plan Special Order 191. "If I can't beat Bobby Lee with this piece of paper, I will be willing to go home," said Union army leader George B. McClellan upon reading the document. The rest, of course, is history. Although many books have been written about the battle of Antietam, no book yet has been devoted exclusively to the lost order that resulted in Lee's failed invasion. With as much emphasis given to human foibles as to troop movements, this book will appeal to a wide audience beyond Civil War devotees.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Author Donald Jermann served as a U.S. naval officer in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a founding member of the Armed Forces Security Agency, the predecessor of the National Security Agency. He currently works as a part-time consultant to the Department of Defense. Long-time Civil War buffs, he and his wife have nine children, with whom they have spent countless weekends exploring Civil War battle sites in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Donald R. Jermann currently resides in Laurel, in the state of Maryland.

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Good, but not great  Aug 1, 2008
I do enjoy Jermann's style, and the book offers some good writing on the campaign. I had hoped for more analysis of the Lost Order itself. Perhaps too much of an emphasis on Harper's Ferry. For example, we don't need the verbatim text of the commission that investigated charges against various Union officers for the fiasco. The maps are a bit too simplistic, too.
Antietam and Special Order No. 191  Dec 10, 2007
In September, 1862, Robert E. Lee led the Confederate Army into Maryland in what would be the South's first invasion of the North. Lincoln called upon General George B. McClellan to defend against Lee's threat. As Lee's Army moved from Frederick westward towards Harper's Ferry, McClellan followed slowly, not being sure of Lee's intentions. Then, on September 13, 1862, an enlisted man in the Union Army found a copy of Lee's Special Order No. 192 wrapped around three cigars. The order quickly found its way to McClellan. In Special Order No. 191, Lee had detailed his battle plans. He had split his army into four components each of which were out of range of the other. Three of the four components were besieging Harper's Ferry. When McClellan received the Order and satisfied himself of its authenticity, he exclaimed "If I can't beat Bobby Lee with this piece of paper, I will be willing to go home." The Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day of the Civil War, followed on September 17, 1862.

Donald Jermann, a retired Navy officer, has written an engaging book about the Antietam campaign in "Antietam: The Lost Order" (2006). Jerman's writing is unpretentious and clear, and he offers an interesting perspective on the events leading to Antietam. His book includes a series of clearly drawn maps which assist the reader a great deal in understanding the progress of the Antietam campaign.

Jermann opens with a valuable overview chapter for readers new to the Civil War explaining the military basics of the conflict and the circumstances leading to Lee's invasion of Maryland. He discusses the compositions of the respective armies under McClellan and Lee before turning to Lee's fateful decision to divide his small army in order to capture the Federal garrisons at Harper's Ferry and Martinsburg.

Jermann proceeds to give a day-by-day chronology of Lee's movement, paying a great deal of attention to the activities of the Union army at Harpers Ferry. The details of the command structure at Harpers Ferry frequently are ovelooked in studies of the Antietam campaign. Then, Jermann backtracks and returns to McClellan when he receives Special Order No. 191 on September 13. Given the order, McClellan had several opportunites to destroy the Confederate Army, but he frittered them away.

Jermann makes clear the relationship of a complex series of events -- the Confederate Army seige of Harpers Ferry, McClellan's advance,the Battle of South Mountain, the fall of Harpers Ferry, Lee's desparate attempt to reunite his Army at Sharpsburg, and the Battle of Antietam itself. Jermann argues that McClellan missed precious opportunites to destroy Lee's Army and perhaps end the War on September 14 at South Mountain, at September 15 and 16 at Antietam, before Lee's Army had reunited, and during the terrible fighting of September 17. Jermann is clear about where he thinks mistakes were made and where credit is due.

Jermann concludes his book with a discussion of a military review commission that Secretary of War Stanton convened to investigate the loss of Harpers Ferry. Again, this is material that is infrequently explored in the literature. In a final chapter he discusses the lives of the chief protagonists of the story, North and South, following the Antietam campaign.

McClellan failed to capitalize on the extraordinary opportunity that he had in recovering Special Order No. 191. Ironically, the narrow "victory"
he won at Antietam allowed Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation and basically ended the possibility that European powers would recognize the Confederacy. It proved to be the turning point in the Civil War in spite of the Union leadership's mistakes, and Jermann tells the story well.

Robin Friedman
The South lost an order, the North an opportunity  Feb 16, 2007
Not exactly the most eloquent or impressive military account of an important phase of the Civil War ever written, but it gets the job done. Jarmann examines the events leading up to the battle at Antietam, beginning at September 9th with Lee north of the Potomac and stationed at Frederick, MD. He spends a great deal of time dealing with the situation at Harpers Ferry and the maneuverings of Franklin's Sixth Corps at Cramptons Gap on the 13th and 14th. The finding of Lee's "Lost Order" describing precisely his plans for splitting his army and the capturing of Harpers Ferry were found by Union soldiers near Frederick on the 13th and made its way quickly to McClellan's headquarters. McClellan knew exactly what he had and also, apparently, knew or should have known that quick action was necessary to strike Lee's army while is was still separated. But Little Mac was incapable of such a move. (Jermann criticizes Franklin for apparently possessing the same "slows" bug that infected McClellan.)

Jermann is very good at looking at some important details: McClellan's writing to Halleck about fog on the morning of the 16th preventing him from accomplishing much that day, for example: no one else seems to mention this mysterious fog and it didn't prevent the Confederates from getting that much closer to reuniting its army. Although Lee retreated with his army back across the Potomac after the major engagement on the 17th, Jermann does not see the Battle of Antietam as much of a Union victory - certainly when compared to what it could have and should have accomplished. Jermann's writing is okay, but rather artless ("The order reads as follows" is a typical lead-in to first-hand information). It's a better account of the lead-up to the battle than the battle itself, which he barely touches on. The chapter in which he defends Dixon Miles's actions leading up to the surrender of Harpers Ferry (Miles, who was killed, had his reputation ruined by the commission looking into the matter) is somewhat an anti-climax coming near the end of the book. There are lots of maps, which are helpful.
An interesting book that covers more Harpers Ferry than order 191 itself.  Nov 23, 2006
First off the title of this book is sort of a misnomer. If you are expecting a book dealing with order 191 and it's being lost then you're in for a surprise as the actual order itself being lost is covered only briefly in this book. Instead we get a rather nice book on Harpers Ferry, it's importance in the Maryland Campaign and a detailed look at Lee's plans to take it.

The book starts off a touch rough. In it's first few pages it insinuates that Little Mac could have taken Richmond on the Pennisula if Lincoln had simply sent him more troops. Then the book repeats as fact the old myth that Grant sent a silver serving set across the battle lines of Petersburg as a present to George & Sally Pickett on the birth of their son. That is just a fiction create by Sally Pickett in her writings after the war.

However after that the book settles down and what we have is a really well done telling of Lee's planning prior to the battle of Antietam and the siege of Harpers Ferry itself. This is an often just a side note covered by a chapter or two in most books, but here it's center stage and covered well. Men like Dixon Miles get a lot more coverage here and we find a nice in depth look at the man himself and how he viewed the events, being cut off from the outside by the Confederate siege.

If you're worried that this will be a dry study of the events like we often find in Civil War books don't worry. Donald Jermann shows he is a talented writer with a sharp wit. His humor really adds a nice touch to his writing and the book flows very well.

I recommend this book. It covers a not very often told part of the 1862 Maryland Campaign and does it with wit and clarity. I think most Civil War buffs will find it very worthwhile.
Interesting from Begininning to End  Nov 13, 2006
Imagine knowing the detailed plans of your enemy before a major encounter. That's the underlying premise of this fascinating story, written by a career military man.

This book is, first of all, a higly interesting and easily understandable account of a crucial set of events in American history. Even those who are not rabid history fans will be propelled along by the story and the clear writing. This book explains the intriquing and unique events that compelled the Confederate and Union forces to clash at Antietam - our country's bloodiest battle.

Unlike many historical accounts, especially those of our Civil War, this book is clearly written and easy to follow. The key characters are presented with irreverent tongue in cheek, and the many accompanying maps provide an understandable account of the chess board maneuvering of the North and South in the mountainous terrain surrounding Harpers Ferry and Antietam.

When you've completed this book you'll understand how the armies of the Civil War were organized for managment and for battle, how they treated the opposition with gentlemanly respect and near deference, how they gathered intelligence and communicated in the field, and how they often made winning or losing decisions based on imperfect information.

In the end, you'll see that the all-too-human and unpredictable behavior of key decision makers shaped the events that led to this avoidable and bloody conflict. It's quite a story.

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