Antietam and C&O Canal Reading Recommendations

Antietam and C&O Canal Reading Recommendations: On September 17, 1862, the Battle of Antietam erupted in rural Sharpsburg, Maryland. The battle was part of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s larger Maryland Campaign. Fighting raged across western Maryland and included conflicts and crossings at the Potomac River and the C&O Canal. This bibliography covers that wider geographic context.

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Updated: October 28, 2020 (8:36 am)


Antietam and C&O Canal Reading Recommendations

The Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg)

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Alexander, Ted. The Battle of Antietam: The Bloodiest Day (paid link). Charleston, SC: History Press, 2011.

Bailey, Ronald H., and Time-Life Books, eds. The Bloodiest Day: The Battle of Antietam (paid link). Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books, 1984.

Banks, John. Connecticut Yankees at Antietam (paid link). Charleston, SC: History Press, 2013.

Carman, E.A. and E.B. Cope. Atlas of the Battlefield of Antietam. Washington, DC: Antietam Battlefield Board, 1908. https://www.loc.gov/item/2008621532/.

Carman, Ezra A. The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, Volume II: Antietam (paid link). Edited and annotated by Thomas G. Clemens. El Dorado Hills, CA: Savas Beatie, 2012.

Downey, Brian. Antietam on the Web. antietam.aotw.org.

Ernst, Kathleen A. Too Afraid to Cry: Maryland Civilians in the Antietam Campaign (paid link). Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1999.

Frassanito, William A.  Antietam: The Photographic Legacy of America’s Bloodiest Day (paid link). New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1978.

Frye, Dennis E. Antietam Revealed (paid link). Collingswood, NJ: C.W. Historicals, 2004.

Gallagher, Gary W., ed. The Antietam Campaign (paid link). Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.

———. Antietam: Essays on the 1862 Maryland Campaign (paid link). Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1989.

Gindlesperger, James, and Suzanne Gindlesperger. So You Think You Know Antietam? The Stories Behind America’s Bloodiest Day (paid link). Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair Publisher, 2012.

Gottfried, Bradley M. The Maps of Antietam (paid link). El Dorado Hills, CA: Savas Beatie, 2012.

Harsh, Joseph L. Sounding the Shallows: A Confederate Companion for the Maryland Campaign of 1862 (paid link). Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2000.

———. Taken at the Flood: Robert E. Lee and Confederate Strategy in the Maryland Campaign of 1862 (paid link). Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 1999.

Hartwig, D. Scott. To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862 (paid link). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012.

Hoptak, John David, and Keith B. Snyder. The Battle of Antietam: September 17, 1862). [Sharpsburg, MD?]: Western Maryland Interpretive Association, n.d.

Johnson, Curt, and Richard C. Anderson. Artillery Hell: The Employment of Artillery at Antietam (paid link). College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1995.

Kalasky, Robert J. Shadows of Antietam (paid link). Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2012.

Large, George R., and Joe A. Swisher. Battle of Antietam: The Official History by the Antietam Battlefield Board (paid link).Shippensburg, PA: Burd Street Press, 1998.

Luvaas, Jay, and Harold W. Nelson, eds. Guide to the Battle of Antietam: The Maryland Campaign of 1862 (paid link). Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1987.

McGrath, Thomas A. Maryland September: True Stories from the Antietam Campaign (paid link). Gettysburg, PA: Thomas Publications, 1997.

McPherson, James M. Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam (paid link). New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Mingus, Scott L., Sr. Human Interest Stories from Antietam (paid link). Orrtanna, PA: Colecraft Industries, 2007.

Murfin, James V. The Gleam of Bayonets: The Battle of Antietam and Robert E. Lee’s Maryland Campaign, September 1862 (paid link). Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1993.

National Park Service. Antietam National Battlefield. nps.gov/anti.

Orrison, Robert, and Kevin R. Pawlak. To Hazard All: A Guide to the Maryland Campaign, 1862 (paid link). El Dorado Hills, CA: Savas Beatie, 2018.

Pawlak, Kevin R. Images of America: Antietam National Battlefield (paid link). Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2019.

Priest, John Michael. Antietam: The Soldiers’ Battle (paid link). Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Books, 1989.

———. Antietam: The Soldiers’ Battlefield; A Self-Guided Mini-Tour (paid link). Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Publishing, 1994.

Rafuse, Ethan S. Antietam, South Mountain and Harpers Ferry: A Battlefield Guide (paid link). Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2008.

Reardon, Carol, and Tom Vossler. A Field Guide to Antietam (paid link). Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016.

Schildt, John W. Hail to the Chief: Presidential Visits to Antietam (paid link). Chewsville, MD: John W. Schildt, 2002.

———. Monuments at Antietam. Chewsville, MD: Antietam Publications, 1991.

Sears, Stephen W. Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam (paid link). Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1983.

Stahl, Joseph, and Matthew Borders. Faces of Union Soldiers at Antietam (paid link). Charleston, SC: History Press, 2019.

Stotelmyer, Steven R. Too Useful to Sacrifice: Reconsidering George B. McClellan’s Generalship (paid link). El Dorado Hills, CA: Savas Beatie, 2019.

Tilberg, Frederick. Antietam. Washington, DC: National Park Service, 1994.

Time-Life Books, eds. Antietam: Voices of the Civil War (paid link). Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books, 1996.

Trail, Susan W. “Remembering Antietam: Commemoration and Preservation of a Civil War Battlefield.” PhD diss., University of Maryland, 2005.

Vermilya, Daniel J. That Field of Blood: The Battle of Antietam (paid link). El Dorado Hills, CA: Savas Beatie, 2018.

Walker, Keven M., and K.C. Kirkman. Antietam Farmsteads: A Guide to the Battlefield Landscape (paid link). Sharpsburg, MD: Western Maryland Interpretive Association, 2010.

The Antietam and C&O Canal reading recommendations on this page include mostly secondary material for both serious and casual history buffs.
The Antietam and C&O Canal reading recommendations on this page include mostly secondary material for both serious and casual history buffs.

Civil War Maryland

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Baker, Jean H. The Politics of Continuity: Maryland Political Parties from 1859–1870. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1973.

Bockmiller, Stephen R. Hagerstown in the Civil War. Images of America (paid link). Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2011.

———. Washington County in the Civil War. Images of America. (paid link) Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2016.

Cottom, Robert I., Jr., and Mary Ellen Hayward. Maryland in the Civil War: A House Divided (paid link). Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1994.

Cox, Richard P. Civil War Maryland: Stories from the Old Line State (paid link). Charleston, SC: History Press, 2008.

Fields, Barbara Jeanne. Slavery and Freedom on the Middle Ground: Maryland during the Nineteenth Century (paid link). New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1985.

Floyd, Claudia. Maryland Women in the Civil War: Unionists, Rebels, Slaves and Spies (paid link). Charleston, SC: History Press, 2013.

———. Union-Occupied Maryland: A Civil War Chronicle of Civilians and Soldiers (paid link). Charleston, SC: History Press, 2014.

Hedberg, Jacqueline Simmons. Plantations, Slavery and Freedom on Maryland’s Eastern Shore (paid link). Charleston, SC: History Press, 2019.

Mitchell, Charles W., ed. Maryland Voices of the Civil War (paid link). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.

Schildt, John W. Frederick in the Civil War: Battle and Honor in the Spired City (paid link). Charleston, SC: History Press, 2010.

Snyder, Timothy R. Trembling in the Balance: The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal During the Civil War (paid link). Boston: Blue Mustang Press, 2011.

Soderberg, Susan Cooke. A Guide to Civil War Sites in Maryland: Blue and Gray in a Border State (paid link). Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Books, 1998.

Swank, Mark A., and Dreama J. Swank. Maryland in the Civil War. Images of America (paid link). Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2013.

Toomey, Daniel Carroll. The Civil War in Maryland. 4th ed. (paid link) Baltimore: Toomey Press, 1990.

Jacobs, Charles T. The Civil War Guide to Montgomery County, Maryland. Rockville, MD: Montgomery County Historical Society, 1996. First published 1983.

Tourism

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Auto Tours

Blue and Gray Magazine. History and Tour Guide of the Antietam Battlefield (paid link). Columbus, OH: Blue and Gray Enterprises, 1995.

Luvaas, Jay, and Harold W. Nelson. Guide to the Battle of Antietam: The Maryland Campaign of 1862 (paid link). Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1987.

Orrison, Robert, and Kevin R. Pawlak. To Hazard All: A Guide to the Maryland Campaign, 1862 (paid link). El Dorado Hills, CA: Savas Beatie, 2018.

Parzych, Cynthia. Antietam: A Guided Tour Through History (paid link). Guilford, CT: Morris Book Publishing, 2009.

Priest, John Michael. Antietam: The Soldiers’ Battlefield; A Self-Guided Mini Tour (paid link). Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Publishing, 1994.

Rafuse, Ethan S. Antietam, South Mountain and Harpers Ferry: A Battlefield Guide (paid link). Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2008.

Readon, Carol, and Tom Vossler. A Field Guide to Antietam (paid link). Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016.

TravelBrains. Antietam Expedition Guide (paid link). N.p.: TravelBrains, 2004.

Hiking & Biking

Broadwell, Larry. Hiker’s Guide to Civil War Trails in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Vienna, VA: Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, 2015.

Hahn, Thomas F. Towpath Guide to the C&O Canal. Harpers Ferry, WV: Harpers Ferry Historical Association, 2015.

High, Mike. The C&O Canal Companion: A Journey through Potomac History. 2nd ed. (paid link) Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015.

Joyner, Leanna. Hiking through History: Civil War Sites on the Appalachian Trail (paid link). Harpers Ferry, WV: Appalachian Trail Conservancy, 2015.

Shelton, Napier. Potomac Pathway: A Nature Guide to the C&O Canal (paid link). Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2011.

Snyder, Keith. Antietam Remembered: A Walking Tour. [Sharpsburg, MD?]: Western Maryland Interpretative Association, n.d.

———. Bloody Lane Trail. Ibid.

———. The Cornfield Trail. Ibid.

———. The Final Attack Trail: September Harvest of Death. Ibid.

———. Union Advance Trail. Ibid.

———. West Woods Trail. Ibid.

TrailGuide: Official Guide to the C&O Canal Towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage. 16th ed. Homestead, PA: Great Allegheny Press, 2020.

Trailhead Graphics. Battlefield America: Antietam National Battlefield. Civil War Map Series. Aurora, CO: Trailhead Graphics, 2012.

———. Civil War Campaigns Across the Potomac. Civil War Battlefield Series. Aurora, CO: Trailhead Graphics, 2006.

U.S. Department of the Interior. Chesapeake and Ohio Canal: Official National Park Handbook; 142. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior, 1991.

Riding along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath
Riding along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath

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