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Author Leepson, Marc, 1945-

Title Desperate engagement : how a little-known Civil War battle saved Washington, D.C., and changed the course of American history / Marc Leepson.

Published New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  973.736 LEEP    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xii, 303 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [281]-294) and index.
Contents 1. The river with many bends -- 2. Grant's grand campaign to end the war -- 3. Lee's "bad old man" -- 4. A plan of great boldness -- 5. Early's march to the Potomac -- 6. Wallace at the bottom -- 7. An invasion of a pretty formidable character -- 8. The best little battle of the war -- 9. The whiz of flying iron -- 10. Short, decisive, and bloody -- 11. Aftermath -- 12. Great alarm in Baltimore and Washington -- 13. Sunday, July 10 : a strange Sabbath Day -- 14. Monday, July 11 : greatly in need of privates -- 15. Monday, July 11 : a desperate engagement -- 16. Heavens hung in black -- 17. Scared as blue as hell's brimstone -- 18. An egregious blunder -- 19. The verdict -- App. 1. Union order of battle : the battle of Monocacy, July 9,1864 -- App. 2. Confederate order of battle : the battle of Monocacy, July 9, 1864.
Summary "The Battle of Monocacy, which took place on the blisteringly hot day of July 9, 1864, is one of the Civil War's most significant yet little-known battles. What played out that day in the corn and wheat fields four miles south of Frederick, Maryland, was a full-field engagement between 12,000 battle-hardened Confederate troops led by the controversial Jubal Anderson Early, and 5,800 Union troops, many of them untested in battle, under the mercurial Lew Wallace, the future author of Ben-Hur. When the fighting ended, 1,300 Union troops were dead, wounded, or missing or had been taken prisoner, and Early - who suffered 800 casualties - had routed Wallace in the northernmost Confederate victory of the war." "Two days later, Monday, July 11, 1864, on another brutally hot afternoon, the foul-mouthed, hard-drinking Early sat astride his horse outside the gates of Fort Stevens in the upper northwestern fringe of Washington, D.C. He was about to make one of the war's most fateful, portentous decisions: whether or not to order his men to invade the nation's capital." "Historian Marc Leepson shows that had Early arrived in Washington one day earlier, the ensuing havoc easily could have brought about a different conclusion to the war. Leepson uses a vast amount of primary material, including memoirs, official records, newspaper accounts, diary entries, and eyewitness reports, in a reader-friendly and engaging description of the events surrounding what became known as "The Battle That Saved Washington.""--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Monocacy, Battle of, Md., 1864.
Washington (D.C.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
ISBN 9780312363642