The Field of Blood Now Available

That Field-coverIt’s been a quiet spring for ECW on the publishing front, but we’re delighted to finally have another book to share from our Emerging Civil War Series: the highly anticipated volume on Antietam!

That Field of Blood: The Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862 was written by Dan Vermilya. Dan formerly worked at Antietam and is a licensed battlefield guide there. He currently works for Gettysburg National Military Park at its Eisenhower unit.

Aside from the usual great writing you except from an ECWS book—accessible and reader friendly—plus cool Hal Jespersen maps and a ton of modern and historical pictures, The Field of Blood features a foreword by another prominent historian of the battle, John Hoptak.

Best of all, That Field of Blood has some particular hooks that make it stand out from other books on Antietam. 

First, Dan had an ancestor at the battle, a member of the 106th PA. That personal connection offers a unique and personal window into the story of Antietam.

Second, the book contains several never-before-published historical photos of the battlefield during its development.

Third, and most important of all, Dan dismisses the commonly held perception that Antietam was a draw. It was a flat-out Union win, he says—and if that shakes your tail feathers a little, Dan has the evidence to back it up.

Order your copy from publisher Savas Beatie today and you can get a limited edition signed bookplate.

And speaking of Antietam, don’t forget about our upcoming Pop-Up Tour at Antietam’s Cornfield over Memorial Day Weekend. For only $20, you can join ECW historians Kevin Pawlak and Dan Welch as they follow in the footsteps of George Hartsuff’s brigade through the Cornfield, to the Smoketown Hospital, and even, for some of them, to the National Cemetery. Order tickets here. Proceeds go to help support ECW’s preservation projects with Civil War Trails.

(And yes, while it’s been quiet for ECW on the publishing front, our sister site, Emerging Revolutionary War, launched its own exciting book series this spring: The Emerging Revolutionary War Series.)