|About the Book|
On September 13, 1862, a Union private found--wrapped around some cigars left behind by fleeing Confederate soldiers--a piece of paper. On that paper was Special Orders No. 191, a message from Lee to his generals detailing his master plan for opening an invasion of the North. When General McClellan received this intelligence, he knew his opportunity to prove his detractors wrong was at hand. The result was the Battle of Antietam . . . with more than 23,000 American casualties.