One of the most poignant stories associated with the Battle of Antietam is that of John Anderson Clark of Monroe, Michigan. An officer in the 7th Michigan Infantry, he paid the ultimate sacrifice for his Nation on that bloody Sept. day in 1862. Five days later, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation (Preliminary), fully confirming that slavery would be a casualty of the American Civil War -- if the Union finally emerged victorious. Clark's contribution to the new birth of American freedom can never be repaid.
One of the mysteries related to the battle had to do with J.A. Clark as a casualty. Where was he shot down? Where was his temporary grave? Where is his final resting place? How did his remains end up in that location? Was his story included in one of Alexander Gardner's iconic photographs of Antietam, the technological advance that brought the Civil War to the doorsteps of every American? And what of John Clark Anderson, another casualty that day, another officer in the 7th Michigan? How was his story, and his name, related to John Anderson Clark? How did the truth come out starting with William Frassanito in the 1970s and get fully developed by one of the co-authors of a new book on Antietam in the succeeding decades?
All of these fascinating parts of the great Antietam story are revealed for the first time comprehensively in Michigan at Antietam: The Wolverine State's Sacrifice on America's Bloodiest Day.
All author proceeds are devoted to building a Michigan monument at Antietam National Battlefield.