The Battle of South Mountain

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Join historian John Hoptak as he narrates the critical Battle of South Mountain, long overshadowed by the Battle of Antietam. In September 1862, Robert E. Lee led the Army of Northern Virginia north of the Potomac River for the time as part of his Northern invasion, seeking a quick end to the war. Lee divided his army in three, sending General James Longstreet north to Hagerstown and Stonewall Jackson south to Harper's Ferry. It was at three mountain passes, referred to as South Mountain, that Lee's army met the Federal forces commanded by General George B. McClellan on September 14. In a fierce day-long battle spread out across miles of rugged, mountainous terrain, McClellan defeated Lee but the Confederates did tie up the Federals long enough to allow Jackson's conquest of Harper's Ferry.
ISBN: 9781596294011
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Maryland
Series: Civil War
Images: 61
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
John David Hoptak was born on the 116th anniversary of the Battle of South Mountain, on September 14, 1978, in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. A lifelong student of the American Civil War, Hoptak holds a bachelor's degree in history from Kutztown University and a master's degree in history from Lehigh University. Hoptak serves as an interpretative park ranger at the Antietam National Battlefield and teaches courses in American history, Civil War history and Mexican-American War history as an adjunct instructor at American Military University. He is the author of several other books, including First in Defense of the Union: The Civil War History of the First Defenders, Antietam: September 17, 1862 and Our Boys Did Nobly: Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, Soldiers at the Battles of South Mountain and Antietam. Hoptak has also written articles for America's Civil War, Civil War Times and Pennsylvania Heritage and maintains a Civil War, themed blog at John and his wife, Laura, currently reside near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, with their cats.
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