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||IMDB Rating: 6.2/10 from N/A votes
||Release: 31 Jan 2006 /
||Director: Robert Child,
||Synopsis: The Single Bloodiest Day in American History It's September 17, 1862 and President Abraham Lincoln needs a victory in order to issue the Emancipation Proclamation and end slavery in the ...
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When Robert E. Lee pressed so hard to invade the North, it was not only
to feed his starving men from the rich provender of farms untouched by
combat. It was also to give the Northern public the despairing feel of
enemy occupation, and get them voting for peace in the upcoming
Yet not even he could have foreseen that a cornfield at Antietam Creek,
beside Sharpsburg, Maryland, would soon be so littered with bodies that
a man could walk across it without ever touching the ground. A
Confederate win here might have ended the war.
Meanwhile those recent victories of Lee's had demoralised the Army of
the Potomac so much that Union officers were starting to write
defeatist letters home. Only one general could restore the men's
fighting spirit, and that was George McClellan, implacably distrusted
by Lincoln, who appointed him with deep reluctance.
The story of Lee's battle-plan falling into McClellan's hands is
well-known, even though we still don't know how it happened, or why
McClellan delayed a fatal twelve hours before taking-up what would have
been an impregnable position. Instead the two armies locked into a
fight that inflicted more casualties in one day than any other battle
fought on American soil. And after a glorious summer of victories, Lee
found himself leading his bedraggled army back to Virginia.
'Decisive' can mean two things. As a contest, the Battle of Antietam
had no clear winner, and was thus indecisive. As an event, it changed
human history, and proved more decisive than any battle of the war. For
this longed-for Union win, however narrow, had given Lincoln the
credibility to issue his Emancipation Proclamation (notionally freeing
all Southern slaves), without making it sound like a counsel of
despair. From here on, it was an abolitionist war, and any hope of
Britain and France aiding the South was gone with the wind. This
political slant may explain the rather odd title 'Lincoln and Lee at
The story is vividly presented here, along with well-informed
commentators, one of them a Princeton scholar, another the long-serving
local battlefield tour-guide. The huge cast of actors look realistic
enough (no textile-firm is ever going to go bust making Civil War
uniforms!) and the two generals are suitably cast, as is Lincoln. The
mention of field-hospital manager Clara Barton is so brief that it can
sound a bit token-female, though we do also hear some of the outspoken
remarks of the local townswomen on the arrival of the armies. I never
knew that Lee was recovering from injuries to both his hands, and could
neither write orders nor hold the reins of his horse. Finally, it's
good to hear a defence of poor old Burnside, ridiculed up hill and down
dale by historians, yet who can be shown as the only Union general at
Antietam who secured the objective that he was ordered to - still known
as Burnside Bridge.
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