Steven Cowie reveals what happened when the homefront became the battlefront in When Hell Came to Sharpsburg: The Battle of Antietam and its Impact on the Civilians Who Called it Home. Reviewer Annabelle Blevins Pifer writes that “from the beginning Cowie thrusts you into the lives of Sharpsburg residents” and demonstrates the town’s civilians had no choice but to become part of the war. The two armies interrupted their daily lives, caused damage to their property that was rarely remunerated, initiated ecological changes, and spread disease through their community. When Hell Came to Shaprsburg, Pifer writes, is “a phenomenal resource for anyone who is researching the social impacts of the American Civil War.”
Pifer, Annabelle Blevins
"When Hell Came to Sharpsburg: The Battle of Antietam and its Impact on the Civilians Who Called it Home,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 24
Available at: https://repository.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol24/iss4/9