Stephen W. Sears

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Stephen W. Sears is an American historian who specializes in the Civil War. A graduate of Oberlin College, Sears has written Chancellorsville, Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam, Controversies and Commanders: Dispatches from the Army of the Potomac, and, most recently, Gettysburg, released in 2003.He was employed as editor of the Educational Department at the American Heritage Publishing Company.

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July/August 1988

In the Republic’s direst hour, he took command. In the black days after Bull Run, he won West Virginia for the Union. He raised a magnificent army and led it forth to meet his “cautious & weak” opponent, Robert E. Lee. Why hasn’t history been kinder to George B. McClellan?

April 1989

The bloodiest day’s fighting in our nation’s history took place on ground that has hardly changed since 1862. Antietam today offers a unique chance to grasp what a great Civil War battle was actually like.

May/June 1991

How to know the unknowable man

November/December 2004

February/March 2005

One of Lee’s greatest lieutenants is slowly winning his reputation back after losing it for daring to criticize his boss

Winter 2010

In only minutes, Union guns at Gettysburg silenced the Confederacy's bold invasion of the North

Summer 2012

A largely accidental battle, pitting Robert E. Lee against George B. McClellan, became the single deadliest day in America's history and changed the course of the Civil War.