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The Sword of Antietam

Joseph A. Altsheler

Book Overview: 

"The Sword of Antietam" tells a complete story, but it is one in the chain of Civil War romances, begun in "The Guns of Bull Run" and continued through "The Guns of Shiloh" and "The Scouts of Stonewall." The young Northern hero, Dick Mason, and his friends are in the forefront of the tale.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .front, continuing in its slow course for the river, but the foes in contact were having plenty of dust showers of their own. Dick's throat and mouth burned with the dust and heat of the pitiless August day, and his bones ached with the tension and the long hours in the saddle. But his spirit was high. They were holding off the Southern cavalry and he felt that they would continue to do so.

About noon he ate more cold food, and then rode on, while the sun blazed and blazed and the dust whirled in clouds like the "dust devils" of the desert, continually spitting forth bullets instead of sand. Late in the afternoon he heard the sound of many trumpets, and saw the Southern cavalry getting together in a great mass. A warning ran instantly among the Union troops and the horsemen in blue and one or two infantry regiments drew closer together.

"They're going to charge in force," said Colonel Winchester to Dick. "See, our rearguard has lost touch with our mai. . . Read More

Community Reviews

One of a series of books written for young readers that cover the Civil War. I didn't think this book was quite as good as some of the others in this series. Dick Mason, the northern soldier covers the period after The Seven Days through Antietam in the east and then moves to Kentucky to cover Perry

Historical Fiction, from the days of my youth

I read this because I’m a civil war addict

I don’t like trying to decide how many stars to give a novel. What does a star mean? So, I’m giving this book 2 1/2 stars because I’ve enjoyed this series and will continue to read until I’ve completed it. HOWEVER, this author (in my opinion) is much better

Interesting approach to civil war history.

Interesting but a rather boring read. As a historian i found lacking some essential details of motivation by key players.

I know that this is book four in a series, but I read this book first, as it's the one that was lent to me. From a historical point, it was very well done! I'm still learning a lot about the Civil War, but from what I read, the book was accurate. I really liked how the main character (Dick) and his

A good book, but more disjointed in sections than the previous books in the series.