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John Michael Priest

Before Antietam: The Battle For South Mountain


If you like detail, and I mean LOADS of detail, then this book is for you. It goes into literal regimental level details and contains TONS of maps. This is the only book I know of that concentrates solely on the Battle of South Mountain, so I consider it a great pick-up on that point alone. I really like Priest's battle narrative too, but it probably isn't for everyone. The people who can definitely use it are scenario designers.

433 pp., 70 (yes, this is not a typo!!) maps


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