A Field Guide to Antietam

Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People

By Carol Reardon, Tom Vossler

360 pp., 6 x 9, 110 color plates., 32 maps, notes, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3020-5
    Published: September 2016
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3021-2
    Published: September 2016

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The Battle of Antietam took place on September 17, 1862, and still stands as the bloodiest single day in American military history. Additionally, in its aftermath, President Abraham Lincoln issued his famous Emancipation Proclamation. In this engaging, easy-to-use guide, Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler allow visitors to understand this crucial Civil War battle in fine detail. Abundantly illustrated with maps and historical and modern photographs, A Field Guide to Antietam explores twenty-one sites on and near the battlefield where significant action occurred. Combining crisp narrative and rich historical context, each stop in the book is structured around the following questions:

*What happened here?

*Who fought here?

*Who commanded here?

*Who fell here?

*Who lived here?

*How did participants remember the events?

With accessible presentation and fresh interpretations of primary and secondary evidence, this is an absolutely essential guide to Antietam and its lasting legacy.

About the Authors

Carol Reardon is the George Winfree Professor of American History at Pennsylvania State University.
For more information about Carol Reardon, visit the Author Page.

Tom Vossler (colonel, U.S. Army, retired) is former director of the United States Army Military History Institute, Carlisle Barracks. They are the authors of A Field Guide to Gettysburg: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places, and People.
For more information about Tom Vossler, visit the Author Page.


"Carol Reardon and Tom Vossler have now produced a pair of truly exceptional battlefield touring guides. In content and presentation, their Gettysburg and Antietam volumes are originally designed tools with unique facets that clearly set them apart from a crowded field of largely imitative contenders. Hopefully, this is only the beginning."-- Andrew J. Wagenhoffer, Civil War Books and Authors

“An innovative and highly effective formula for guiding visitors through a battlefield.”--Civil War News

“Give[s] an inside look and human feel to the participants and their experiences in the text. . . . Informative, easy to use, and eminently affordable.”--Journal of America’s Military Past

“Reardon and Vossler have created a terrific field guide for on-the-ground exploration of Antietam.”--National Parks Traveler

“The overall breadth and attention to detail within the Antietam guide is incredible.”--Army History

“An impressive and thorough guide to one of the most important battles of the Civil War, A Field Guide to Antietam is a clear, concise way for visitors to understand Antietam from the ground up.”--Tom Clemens, National Park Service Certified Antietam Battlefield Guide