Home From War – Jefferson County, VA., fall of 1862


Emerging from the shocking passage of the Antietam Battle, that unusually brilliant and bountiful fall was a graceful sanctuary. Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart, still himself far from his home, followed the tip of John Esten Cooke and his staff of some hundred was


allowed to set up camp upon the rolling, verdant fields of The Bower overlooking the Opequon near Leetown.

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VIDEO: One “Small” Blunder – The Fateful Battle of Shepherdstown, VA. (2) – With Thomas McGrath

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VIDEO & TIMED SCRIPT: A “Small” Blunder Ends Lee’s Campaign – Sept. 19-20, 1862 With Thomas A. McGrath



“Where is your regiment? ” Colonel Barnes earnestly inquired. “Fighting desperately on the top of the hill, sir, where you placed it,” was the colonel’s response.

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A “Small” Blunder Ends Lee’s Campaign – Sept. 19-20, 1862 With Thomas A. McGrath

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Thomas A. McGrath is the author of: “Shepherdstown: Last Clash of the Antietam Campaign September 19-20, 1862.” A key blunder by an artillery commander shuts down Gen. Robert E. Lee’s historic war plan in 1862 to successfully take the Civil War into Maryland – meant to dissuade American voters in the November elections from supporting the Federal war effort, and to convince England’s pondering leaders to recognize the Confederacy.

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