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I finished McPherson’s Crossroads of Freedom on the way to work today. While there were some points early on where his quotations seemed to overlap mightily with the readings from Ken Burns’s PBS series, once McPherson’s narrative hit its stride, it’s a very readable book. I lingered over it to make it last, but it would take a more dedicated reader no time, and it constructs an excellent view, from many perspectives, of the action at Antietem, or Sharpsburg if you rather.

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