Preview: Ted Alexander’s “Antietam” and the NPS on Hispanics in the ACW

29 02 2012

Antietam National Battlefield’s Chief Historian Ted Alexander has authored The Battle of Antietam: The Bloodiest Day, an entry in The History Press Civil War Sesquicentennial Series. This is a nice, concise account of the Maryland Campaign, the narrative running 139 pages plus appendices including orders of battle, notes, bibliography, and index. While the whole campaign is covered, the bulk of the book is on the battle and its aftermath. Now, quibbles with a 139 page account of an event with the scope of the Maryland Campaign are inevitable, but you really can’t go wrong with this overview written by someone who is generally recognized as an expert on the topic.

Ted also gave me a copy of a new NPS booklet, Hispanics and the Civil War: From Battlefield to Homefront. This nifty guide discusses the roles played by Hispanics on both sides of the conflict, including some surprising folks like Admiral David Farragut (his mom was Spanish) – although I could find no mention of George Meade, who was born in Cadiz, Spain.

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1 03 2012
Will Hickox

The contemporary accounts of Meade that I’ve read always hasten to point out that he was born in Spain, but of American parents.

1 03 2012
Harry Smeltzer

Yes, but he was born in Spain. Not sure what the rules were, but if they were the same as here, that makes him Spanish (and a US citizen), no? Could he have competed for Spain in the Olympics, if they had had the Olympics back then?

1 03 2012
Stephen Keating

I wonder if being born is Spain help keep Meade in command of the AOP? Lincoln would not have to worry about a possible contender.

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