Marching through Maryland: Lee's Campaign of 1862
The political and military dilemmas facing the Union and Confederate governments in the summer of 1862 powerfully influenced the direction of the Civil War. In this lecture, Thomas Clemens focuses on the issues that drove the campaign: Robert E. Lee's belief that a success in Maryland could win independence and international recognition for his nation; the horrific number of casualties on both sides; and the devastation of the local civilian population. Using maps to trace the routes of the opposing armies, Clemens weaves an engaging story, explaining both actions and their consequences in this important campaign. Requires overhead projector and screen. Adult and high school audiences
Thomas G. Clemens is Professor of History Emeritus at Hagerstown Community College. He received his B.A. and M.A. in history from Salisbury State University and his D. A. from George Mason University. He is a Founding Member and President of Save Historic Antietam Foundation. Clemens recently published "The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, Volume I: South Mountain," the first part of a three-volume historical, annotated manuscript that details one of the most famous campaigns of the Civil War. In addition to eyewitness accounts, the manuscript includes maps and photos. Volume II, which includes the battle of Antietam, was released in September of 2012. Volume III will include the battle of Shepherdstown Ford, a biographical dictionary, and some of the veterans' letters to Carman, and will be published in 2013.