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Indiana's War - The Civil War in Documents (Paperback): Richard F. Nation, Stephen E. Towne Indiana's War - The Civil War in Documents (Paperback)
Richard F. Nation, Stephen E. Towne
R553 R450 Discovery Miles 4 500 Save R103 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Indiana's War" is a primary source collection featuring the writings of Indiana's citizens during the Civil War era. Using private letters, official records, newspaper articles, and other original sources, the volume presents the varied experiences of Indiana's participants in the war both on the battlefield and on the home front. Starting in the 1850s, the documents show the sharp political divisions over issues such as slavery, race, and secession in Indiana, divisions that boiled over into extraordinary strife and violence in the state during the rebellion. This conflict touched all levels and members of society, including men, women, and children, whites and African Americans, native-born citizens and immigrants, farmers and city and town dwellers. Collecting the writings of Indiana's peoples on a wide range of issues, chapters focus on the politics of race prior to the war, the secession crisis, war fever in 1861, the experiences of soldiers at the front, home-front hardships, political conflict between partisan foes and civil and military authorities, reactions to the Emancipation Proclamation, and antiwar dissent, violence, and conspiracy. " Indiana's War" is an excellent accompanying primary source text for undergraduate and graduate courses on the American Civil War. It documents the experiences of Indiana's citizens, from the African American soldier to the antiwar dissenter, from the prewar politician to the postwar veteran, from the battle-scarred soldier to the impoverished soldier's wife, all showing the harsh realities of the war.

Confederate Odyssey - The George W. Wray Jr. Civil War Collection at the Atlanta History Center (Hardcover): Gordon L Jones Confederate Odyssey - The George W. Wray Jr. Civil War Collection at the Atlanta History Center (Hardcover)
Gordon L Jones
R1,216 R1,126 Discovery Miles 11 260 Save R90 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Throughout his life, Atlanta resident George W. Wray Jr. (1936-2004) built a collection of more than six hundred of the rarest Confederate artifacts including not just firearms and edged weapons but also flags, uniforms, and accoutrements. Today, Wray's collection forms an integral part of the Atlanta History Center's holdings of some eleven thousand Civil War artifacts. "Confederate Odyssey "tells the story of the Civil War through the Wray Collection. Analyzing the collection as material evidence, Gordon L. Jones demonstrates how a slave-based economy on the cusp of industrialization attempted to fight an industrial war.
The broad range of the collection includes many rare or one-of-a-kind objects, such as a patent model and early inventions by gun maker George W. Morse, the bloodstained coat of a seventeen-year-old South Carolina soldier, battle flags made of cloth imported from England, and arms made in Georgia, the heart of the Confederacy's burgeoning military-industrial complex.
As Civil War history, "Confederate Odyssey" benefits from the study of material remains as it bridges the domains of professional scholars and amateur collectors such as Wray. The book tells of the stories, significance, and context of these artifacts to general readers and Civil War buffs alike. The Wray Collection is more than a gathering of relics; it is a tale of historical truths revealed in small details.
Features: Endorsed by the American Society of Arms Collectors as a definitive work on the material culture of the ConfederacyMany of the finest and most significant Confederate artifacts in existence, including one-of-a-kind itemsOne of the most comprehensive collections of Southern-made arms representing the full range of Confederate, state, and private production from Virginia to TexasNorthern-made arms altered or used by the Confederacy, including Palmetto and Whitney Armory riflesOne of the nation's most extensive collections of arms made or designed by George W. Morse, as well as other rare Confederate breechloadersBritish-made arms imported through the blockade, including Whitworth sharpshooter rifles and artillery piecesConfederate headgear and uniforms, including six enlisted men's uniformsSeven Confederate flags, including three battle flags and a naval ensignCanteens, cartridge boxes, cap pouches, shoes, ammunition, gun tools, belt plates, and other accoutrements made or used by the ConfederacyPublished in association with the Atlanta History Center.

The Man Who Punched Jefferson Davis - The Political Life of Henry S. Foote, Southern Unionist (Hardcover): Ben Wynne The Man Who Punched Jefferson Davis - The Political Life of Henry S. Foote, Southern Unionist (Hardcover)
Ben Wynne
R1,119 Discovery Miles 11 190 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Regarded as one of the most vocal, well-traveled, and controversial statesmen of the nineteenth century, antebellum politician Henry Stuart Foote played a central role in a vast array of pivotal events. Despite Foote's unique mark on history, until now no comprehensive biography existed. Ben Wynne fills this gap in his examination of the life of this gifted and volatile public figure in The Man Who Punched Jefferson Davis: The Political Life of Henry S. Foote, Southern Unionist. An eyewitness to many of the historical events of his lifetime, Foote, an opinionated native Virginian, helped to raise money for the Texas Revolution, provided political counsel for the Lone Star Republic's leadership before annexation, and published a 400-page history of the region. In 1847, Mississippi elected him to the Senate, where he promoted cooperation with the North during the Compromise of 1850. One of the South's most outspoken Unionists, he infuriated many of his southern colleagues with his explosive temperament and unorthodox ideas that quickly established him as a political outsider. His temper sometimes led to physical altercations, including at least five duels, pulling a gun on fellow senator Thomas Hart Benton during a legislative session, and engaging in run-ins with other politicians, notably a fistfight with his worst political enemy, Jefferson Davis. He left the Senate in 1851 to run for governor of Mississippi on a pro-Union platform and defeated Davis by a small margin. Several years later, Foote moved to Nashville, was elected to the Confederate Congress after Tennessee seceded, and continued his political sparring with the Confederate president. From Foote's failed attempt to broker an unauthorized peace agreement with the Lincoln government and his exile to Europe to the publication of his personal memoir and his appointment as director of the United States mint in New Orleans, Wynne constructs an entertaining and nuanced portrait of a singular man who constantly challenged the conventions of southern and national politics.

John Ransom's Civil War Diary - Notes from Inside Andersonville, the Civil War's Most Notorious Prison (Paperback):... John Ransom's Civil War Diary - Notes from Inside Andersonville, the Civil War's Most Notorious Prison (Paperback)
John Ransom
R288 R241 Discovery Miles 2 410 Save R47 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Covered with Glory - The 26th North Carolina Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg (Paperback, New edition): Rod Gragg Covered with Glory - The 26th North Carolina Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg (Paperback, New edition)
Rod Gragg
R501 R419 Discovery Miles 4 190 Save R82 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The battle of Gettysburg was the largest engagement of the Civil War, and--with more than 51,000 casualties--also the deadliest. The highest regimental casualty rate at Gettysburg, an estimated 85 percent, was incurred by the 26th North Carolina Infantry. Who were these North Carolinians? Why were they at Gettysburg? How did they come to suffer such a grievous distinction? In "Covered with Glory," award-winning historian Rod Gragg reveals the extraordinary story of the 26th North Carolina in fascinating detail.
Praised for its "exhaustive scholarship" and its "highly readable style," "Covered with Glory" chronicles the 26th's remarkable odyssey from muster near Raleigh to surrender at Appomattox. The central focus of the book, however, is the regiment's critical, tragic role at Gettysburg, where its standoff with the heralded 24th Michigan Infantry on the first day of fighting became one of the battle's most unforgettable stories. Two days later, the 26th's bloodied remnant assaulted the Federal line at Cemetery Ridge and gained additional fame for advancing "farthest to the front" in the Pickett-Pettigrew Charge.

The U.S. Civil War: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Louis P. Masur The U.S. Civil War: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Louis P. Masur
R232 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R40 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

More than one hundred and fifty years after the first shots were fired on Fort Sumter, the Civil War still captures the American imagination, and its reverberations can still be felt throughout America's social and political landscape. Louis P. Masur's The U.S. Civil War: A Very Short Introduction offers a masterful and eminently readable overview of the war's multiple causes and catastrophic effects. Masur begins by examining the complex origins of the war, focusing on the pulsating tensions over states rights and slavery. The book then proceeds to cover, year by year, the major political, social, and military events, highlighting two important themes: how the war shifted from a limited conflict to restore the Union to an all-out war that would fundamentally transform Southern society, and the process by which the war ultimately became a battle to abolish slavery. Masur explains how the war turned what had been a loose collection of fiercely independent states into a nation, remaking its political, cultural, and social institutions. But he also focuses on the soldiers themselves, both Union and Confederate, whose stories constitute nothing less than America's Iliad. In the final chapter Masur considers the aftermath of the South's surrender at Appomattox and the clash over the policies of reconstruction that continued to divide President and Congress, conservatives and radicals, Southerners and Northerners for years to come. In 1873, Mark Twain and Charles Dudley wrote that the war had "wrought so profoundly upon the entire national character that the influence cannot be measured short of two or three generations." This concise history of the entire Civil War era offers an invaluable introduction to the dramatic events whose effects are still felt today.

The Road to Charleston - Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution (Hardcover): John Buchanan The Road to Charleston - Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution (Hardcover)
John Buchanan
R669 R545 Discovery Miles 5 450 Save R124 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In The Road to Guilford Courthouse, one of the most acclaimed military histories of the Revolutionary War ever written, John Buchanan explored the first half of the critical Southern Campaign and introduced readers to its brilliant architect, Major General Nathanael Greene. In this long-awaited sequel, Buchanan brings this story to its dramatic conclusion. Greene's Southern Campaign was the most difficult of the war. With a supply line stretching hundreds of miles northward, it revealed much about the crucial military art of provision and transport. Insufficient manpower a constant problem, Greene attempted to incorporate black regiments into his army, a plan angrily rejected by the South Carolina legislature. A bloody civil war between Rebels and Tories was wreaking havoc on the South at the time, forcing Greene to address vigilante terror and restore civilian government. As his correspondence with Thomas Jefferson during the campaign shows, Greene was also bedeviled by the conflict between war and the rights of the people, and the question of how to set constraints under which a free society wages war. Joining Greene is an unforgettable cast of characters-men of strong and, at times, antagonistic personalities-all of whom are vividly portrayed. We also follow the fate of Greene's tenacious foe, Lieutenant Colonel Francis, Lord Rawdon. By the time the British evacuate Charleston-and Greene and his ragged, malaria-stricken, faithful Continental Army enter the city in triumph-the reader has witnessed in telling detail one of the most punishing campaigns of the Revolution, culminating in one of its greatest victories.

With Grant at Fort Donelson, Shiloh and Vicksburg, and an Appreciation of General U.S. Grant (Paperback): Wilbur Fisk Crummer With Grant at Fort Donelson, Shiloh and Vicksburg, and an Appreciation of General U.S. Grant (Paperback)
Wilbur Fisk Crummer
R491 R409 Discovery Miles 4 090 Save R82 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Civil War Places - Seeing the Conflict through the Eyes of Its Leading Historians (Hardcover): Gary W. Gallagher, J. Matthew... Civil War Places - Seeing the Conflict through the Eyes of Its Leading Historians (Hardcover)
Gary W. Gallagher, J. Matthew Gallman; Photographs by Will Gallagher
R689 R554 Discovery Miles 5 540 Save R135 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Much has been written about place and Civil War memory, but how do we personally remember and commemorate this part of our collective past? How do battlefields and other historic places help us understand our own history? What kinds of places are worth remembering and why? In this collection of essays, some of the most esteemed historians of the Civil War select a single meaningful place related to war and narrate its significance. Included here are meditations on a wide assortment of places-Devil's Den at Gettysburg, Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, the statue of William T. Sherman in New York's Central Park, Burnside Bridge at Antietam, the McLean House in Appomattox, and more. Paired with a contemporary photograph commissioned specifically for this book, each essay offers an unusual and accessible glimpse into how historians think about their subjects. In addition to the editors, contributors include Edward L. Ayers, Stephen Berry, William A. Blair, David W. Blight, Peter S. Carmichael, Frances M. Clarke, Catherine Clinton, Stephen Cushman, Stephen D. Engle, Drew Gilpin Faust, Sarah E. Gardner, Judith Giesberg, Lesley J. Gordon, A. Wilson Greene, Caroline E. Janney, Jaqueline Jones, Ari Kelman, James Marten, Carol Reardon, Aaron Sheehan-Dean, Brenda E. Stevenson, Elizabeth R. Varon, and Joan Waugh.

Mr Lincoln's T-Mails - How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War (Paperback): Wheeler Mr Lincoln's T-Mails - How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War (Paperback)
Wheeler
R300 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R16 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Abraham Lincoln's two great legacies to history--his extraordinary power as a writer and his leadership during the Civil War--come together in this close study of the President's use of the telegraph. Invented less than two decades before he entered office, the telegraph came into its own during the Civil War. In a jewel-box of historical writing, Wheeler captures Lincoln as he adapted his folksy rhetorical style to the telegraph, creating an intimate bond with his generals that would ultimately help win the war.

Coast-to-Coast Empire - Manifest Destiny and the New Mexico Borderlands (Hardcover): William S. Kiser Coast-to-Coast Empire - Manifest Destiny and the New Mexico Borderlands (Hardcover)
William S. Kiser
R878 Discovery Miles 8 780 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Following Zebulon Pike's expeditions in the early nineteenth century, U.S. expansionists focused their gaze on the Southwest. Explorers, traders, settlers, boundary adjudicators, railway surveyors, and the U.S. Army crossed into and through New Mexico, transforming it into a battleground for competing influences determined to control the region. Previous histories have treated the Santa Fe trade, the American occupation under Colonel Stephen W. Kearny, the antebellum Indian Wars, debates over slavery, the Pacific Railway, and the Confederate invasion during the Civil War as separate events in New Mexico. In Coast-to-Coast Empire, William S. Kiser demonstrates instead that these developments were interconnected parts of a process by which the United States effected the political, economic, and ideological transformation of the region. New Mexico was an early proving ground for Manifest Destiny, the belief that U.S. possession of the entire North American continent was inevitable. Kiser shows that the federal government's military commitment to the territory stemmed from its importance to U.S. expansion. Americans wanted California, but in order to retain possession of it and realize its full economic and geopolitical potential, they needed New Mexico as a connecting thoroughfare in their nation-building project. The use of armed force to realize this claim fundamentally altered New Mexico and the Southwest. Soldiers marched into the territory at the onset of the Mexican-American War and occupied it continuously through the 1890s, leaving an indelible imprint on the region's social, cultural, political, judicial, and economic systems. By focusing on the activities of a standing army in a civilian setting, Kiser reshapes the history of the Southwest, underlining the role of the military not just in obtaining territory but in retaining it.

The Worlds of James Buchanan and Thaddeus Stevens - Place, Personality, and Politics in the Civil War Era (Hardcover): Amy S.... The Worlds of James Buchanan and Thaddeus Stevens - Place, Personality, and Politics in the Civil War Era (Hardcover)
Amy S. Greenberg, Thomas J Balcerski, Douglas R Egerton, Matthew Pinsker, William P. MacKinnon, …
R1,102 Discovery Miles 11 020 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Worlds of James Buchanan and Thaddeus Stevens examines the political interests, relationships, and practices of two of the era's most prominent politicians as well as the political landscapes they inhabited and informed. Both men called Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, their home, and both were bachelors. During the 1850s, James Buchanan tried to keep the Democratic Party alive as the slavery debate divided his peers and the political system. Thaddeus Stevens, meanwhile, as Whig turned Republican, invested in the federal government to encourage economic development and social reform, especially antislavery and Republican Reconstruction. Considering Buchanan and Stevens's divergent lives alongside their political and social worlds reveals the dynamics and directions of American politics, especially northern interests and identities. While focusing on these individuals, the contributors also explore the roles of parties and patronage in informing political loyalties and behavior. They further track personal connections across lines of gender and geography and underline the importance of details like who regularly dined and conversed with whom, the complex social milieu of Washington, the role of rumor in determining political allegiances, and the ways personality and failing relationships mattered in a hothouse of national politics fueled by slavery and expansion. The essays in The Worlds of James Buchanan and Thaddeus Stevens collectively invite further consideration of how parties, personality, place, and private lives influenced the political interests and actions of an age affected by race, religion, region, civil war, and reconstruction.

The Civil War Veteran - A Historical Reader (Hardcover): Larry M. Logue, Michael Barton The Civil War Veteran - A Historical Reader (Hardcover)
Larry M. Logue, Michael Barton
R2,189 Discovery Miles 21 890 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

View the Table of Contents. Read the Introduction.

aTogether, the essays collected by Logue and Barton provide a vivid portrait of the social, political, economic, and cultural struggles of Civil War veterans.a
--"The North Carolina Historical Review"

"A marvelous collection of essays, The Civil War Veteran provides an indispensable introduction to the problems the veterans faced and the contributions that they made. The bibliography alone is an invaluable resource."
--Gaines M. Foster, author of "Ghosts of the Confederacy: Defeat, the Lost Cause, and the Emergence of the New South"

"Never before has such a wide-ranging and excellent collection of readings on Civil War veterans been assembled in one place. A must have book for anyone interested in this topic."
--Donald R. Shaffer, author of "After The Glory: The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans"

"An excellent collection of essays on a largely neglected topic. . . . The editors have done a thorough job of considering the pivotal issues, selecting broad yet focused themes, and gathering the writings that best illustrate those issues and themes."
--Daniel Sutherland, University of Arkansas

The Civil War Veteran presents a profound but often troubling story of the postwar experiences of Union and Confederate Civil War veterans. Most ex-soldiers and their neighbors readjusted smoothly. However, many arrived home with or developed serious problems; poverty, drug and alcohol addiction, and other manifestations of post traumatic stress syndrome, such as flashbacks and paranoia, plagued these veterans. Black veterans in particular suffered a particularly cruel fate: they fought with distinction and for theirfreedom, but postwar racism obliterated recognition of their wartime contributions.

Despite these hardships, veterans found some help from federal and state governments, through the establishment of a national pension system and soldiers' homes. Yet veterans did not passively accept this assistance--some influenced and created policy in public office, while others joined together in veterans' organizations such as the Grand Army of the Republic to fight for their rights and to shape the collective memory of the Civil War. As the number of veterans from wars in the Middle East rapidly increases, the stories in the pages of The Civil War Veteran give us valuable perspective on the challenges of readjustment for ex-soldiers and American society.

The Civil War Veteran - A Historical Reader (Paperback): Larry M. Logue, Michael Barton The Civil War Veteran - A Historical Reader (Paperback)
Larry M. Logue, Michael Barton
R793 Discovery Miles 7 930 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

View the Table of Contents. Read the Introduction.

aTogether, the essays collected by Logue and Barton provide a vivid portrait of the social, political, economic, and cultural struggles of Civil War veterans.a
--"The North Carolina Historical Review"

"A marvelous collection of essays, The Civil War Veteran provides an indispensable introduction to the problems the veterans faced and the contributions that they made. The bibliography alone is an invaluable resource."
--Gaines M. Foster, author of "Ghosts of the Confederacy: Defeat, the Lost Cause, and the Emergence of the New South"

"Never before has such a wide-ranging and excellent collection of readings on Civil War veterans been assembled in one place. A must have book for anyone interested in this topic."
--Donald R. Shaffer, author of "After The Glory: The Struggles of Black Civil War Veterans"

"An excellent collection of essays on a largely neglected topic. . . . The editors have done a thorough job of considering the pivotal issues, selecting broad yet focused themes, and gathering the writings that best illustrate those issues and themes."
--Daniel Sutherland, University of Arkansas

The Civil War Veteran presents a profound but often troubling story of the postwar experiences of Union and Confederate Civil War veterans. Most ex-soldiers and their neighbors readjusted smoothly. However, many arrived home with or developed serious problems; poverty, drug and alcohol addiction, and other manifestations of post traumatic stress syndrome, such as flashbacks and paranoia, plagued these veterans. Black veterans in particular suffered a particularly cruel fate: they fought with distinction and for theirfreedom, but postwar racism obliterated recognition of their wartime contributions.

Despite these hardships, veterans found some help from federal and state governments, through the establishment of a national pension system and soldiers' homes. Yet veterans did not passively accept this assistance--some influenced and created policy in public office, while others joined together in veterans' organizations such as the Grand Army of the Republic to fight for their rights and to shape the collective memory of the Civil War. As the number of veterans from wars in the Middle East rapidly increases, the stories in the pages of The Civil War Veteran give us valuable perspective on the challenges of readjustment for ex-soldiers and American society.

Paducah and the Civil War (Paperback): John Philip Cashon Paducah and the Civil War (Paperback)
John Philip Cashon
R511 R429 Discovery Miles 4 290 Save R82 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Apostle of Union - A Political Biography of Edward Everett (Hardcover): Matthew Mason Apostle of Union - A Political Biography of Edward Everett (Hardcover)
Matthew Mason
R988 Discovery Miles 9 880 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Known today as "the other speaker at Gettysburg," Edward Everett had adistinguished and illustrative career at every level of American politics fromthe 1820s through the Civil War. In this new biography, Matthew Masonargues that Everett's extraordinarily well-documented career reveals a complexman whose shifting political opinions, especially on the topic of slavery,illuminate the nuances of Northern Unionism. In the case of Everett-whoonce pledged to march south to aid slaveholders in putting down slave insurrections-Mason explores just how complex the question of slavery was formost Northerners, who considered slavery within a larger context of competingpriorities that alternately furthered or hindered antislavery actions. By charting Everett's changing stance toward slavery over time, Masonsheds new light on antebellum conservative politics, the complexities ofslavery and its related issues for reform-minded Americans, and the waysin which secession turned into civil war. As Mason demonstrates, Everett'spolitical and cultural efforts to preserve the Union, and the response to hiswork from citizens and politicians, help us see the coming of the Civil Waras a three-sided, not just two-sided, contest.

The American Civil War - A Literary and Historical Anthology (Hardcover, 2nd New edition): Ian Frederick Finseth The American Civil War - A Literary and Historical Anthology (Hardcover, 2nd New edition)
Ian Frederick Finseth
R3,069 Discovery Miles 30 690 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The American Civil War: A Literary and Historical Anthology brings together a wide variety of important writings from the Civil War and Reconstruction eras, including short fiction, poetry, public addresses, memoirs, and essays, accompanied by detailed annotations and concise introductions. Now in a thoroughly revised second edition, this slimmer volume has been revamped to: Emphasize a diversity of perspectives on the war Showcase more women writers Expand the number of Southern voices Feature more soldiers' testimony Provide greater historical context. With selections from Louisa May Alcott, Walt Whitman, Sidney Lanier, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Kate Chopin, and many more, Ian Finseth's careful arrangement of texts remains an indispensable resource for readers who seek to understand the impact of the Civil War on the culture of the United States. The American Civil War reaffirms the complex role that literature, poetry, and non-fiction played in shaping how the conflict is remembered. To provide students with additional resources, the anthology is now accompanied by a companion website which you can find at [insert URL]. There you will find additional primary sources, a detailed timeline, and an extensive bibliography, among other materials.

Streight's Foiled Raid on the Western & Atlantic Railroad - Emma Sansom's Courage and Nathan Bedford Forrest's... Streight's Foiled Raid on the Western & Atlantic Railroad - Emma Sansom's Courage and Nathan Bedford Forrest's Pursuit (Paperback)
Brandon H. Beck
R462 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R82 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Hunt for History - On the Trail of the World's Lost Treasures--From the Letters of Lincoln, Churchill, and Einstein to... The Hunt for History - On the Trail of the World's Lost Treasures--From the Letters of Lincoln, Churchill, and Einstein to the Secret Recordings Onboard Jfk's Air Force One (Hardcover)
Nathan Raab, Luke Barr
R655 R530 Discovery Miles 5 300 Save R125 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Two Charlestonians at War - The Civil War Odysseys of a Lowcountry Aristocrat and a Black Abolitionist (Hardcover): Barbara L... Two Charlestonians at War - The Civil War Odysseys of a Lowcountry Aristocrat and a Black Abolitionist (Hardcover)
Barbara L Bellows
R832 R664 Discovery Miles 6 640 Save R168 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Tracing the intersecting lives of a Confederate plantation owner and a free black Union soldier, Barbara L. Bellows' Two Charlestonians at War offers a poignant allegory of the fraught, interdependent relationship between wartime enemies in the Civil War South. Through the eyes of these very different soldiers, Bellows brings a remarkable, new perspective to the oft-told saga of the Civil War. Recounted in alternating chapters, the lives of Charleston natives born a mile a part, Captain Thomas Pinckney and Sergeant Joseph Humphries Barquet, illuminate one another's motives for joining the war as well as the experiences that shaped their worldviews. Pinckney, a rice planter and scion of one of America's founding families, joined the Confederacy in hope of reclaiming an idealized agrarian past; and Barquet, a free man of color and brick mason, fought with the Union to claim his rights as an American citizen. Their circumstances set the two men on seemingly divergent paths that nonetheless crossed on the embattled coast of South Carolina. Born free in 1823, Barquet grew up among Charleston's tight-knit community of the ""colored elite."" During his twenties, he joined the northward exodus of free blacks leaving the city and began his nomadic career as a tireless campaigner for black rights and abolition. In 1863, at age forty, he enlisted in the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry- the renowned ""Glory"" regiment of northern black men. His varied challenges and struggles, including his later frustrated attempts to play a role in postwar Republican politics in Illinois, provide a panoramic view of the free black experience in nineteenth-century America. In contrast to the questing Barquet, Thomas Pinckney remained deeply connected to the rice fields and maritime forests of South Carolina. He greeted the arrival of war by establishing a home guard to protect his family's Santee River plantations that would later integrate into the 4th South Carolina Cavalry. After the war, Pinckney distanced himself from the racist violence of Reconstruction politics and focused on the daunting task of restoring his ruined plantations with newly freed laborers. The two Charlestonians' chance encounter on Morris Island, where in 1864 Sergeant Barquet stood guard over the captured Captain Pinckney, inspired Bellows' compelling narrative. Her extensive research adds rich detail to our knowledge of the dynamics between whites and free blacks during this tumultuous era. Two Charlestonians at War gives readers an intimate depiction of the ideological distance that might separate American citizens even as their shared history unites them.

Engineering Victory - How Technology Won the Civil War (Hardcover): Thomas F. Army Engineering Victory - How Technology Won the Civil War (Hardcover)
Thomas F. Army
R1,097 R874 Discovery Miles 8 740 Save R223 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Engineering Victory brings a fresh approach to the question of why the North prevailed in the Civil War. Historian Thomas F. Army, Jr., identifies strength in engineering-not superior military strategy or industrial advantage-as the critical determining factor in the war's outcome. Army finds that Union soldiers were able to apply scientific ingenuity and innovation to complex problems in a way that Confederate soldiers simply could not match. Skilled Free State engineers who were trained during the antebellum period benefited from basic educational reforms, the spread of informal educational practices, and a culture that encouraged learning and innovation. During the war, their rapid construction and repair of roads, railways, and bridges allowed Northern troops to pass quickly through the forbidding terrain of the South as retreating and maneuvering Confederates struggled to cut supply lines and stop the Yankees from pressing any advantage. By presenting detailed case studies from both theaters of the war, Army clearly demonstrates how the soldiers' education, training, and talents spelled the difference between success and failure, victory and defeat. He also reveals massive logistical operations as critical in determining the war's outcome.

Our Man in Charleston - Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South (Standard format, CD): Christopher Dickey Our Man in Charleston - Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South (Standard format, CD)
Christopher Dickey; Narrated by Antony Ferguson
R703 R552 Discovery Miles 5 520 Save R151 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A History of Andersonville Prison Monuments (Paperback): Stacy W. Reaves A History of Andersonville Prison Monuments (Paperback)
Stacy W. Reaves
R434 R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Save R73 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Bluecoat and Pioneer - The Recollections of John Benton Hart, 1864-1868 (Hardcover, Annotated edition): John Hart Bluecoat and Pioneer - The Recollections of John Benton Hart, 1864-1868 (Hardcover, Annotated edition)
John Hart; John Benton Hart
R863 Discovery Miles 8 630 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In 1918, urged on by his son Harry, John Benton Hart began to tell stories of a three-year period in his youth. He recalled his days as a trooper in the Eleventh Kansas Cavalry, fighting in Missouri and on the frontier, and his time as a civilian jack-of-all-trades doing risky work for the U.S. Army on the Wyoming-Montana Bozeman Trail in the middle of the Indian resistance campaign known as Red Cloud's War. Once started, John Benton Hart became an enthusiastic raconteur, describing events with an almost cinematic vividness, while his son, an aspiring writer, documented his father's testimony in what became several manuscripts. Compiled and reproduced here, edited by historian John Hart, John Benton Hart's great-grandson, this memoir is a singular document of living history. As a young Kansas cavalryman, John Benton Hart participated in two momentous episodes of the Civil War era - Sterling Price's Missouri Expedition of 1864, including the Battle of Westport, and such engagements in the Plains Indian Wars as the Battle of Platte Bridge in July 1865 and the Hayfield Fight near Fort C. F. Smith in 1867. In the engaging style of a natural storyteller, Hart re-creates these events as he experienced them, giving readers a rare glimpse at moments of historical import from the point of view of the ""ordinary"" soldier. In arresting detail, he also tells of crossing the Plains as a bullwhacker, carrying the mail between the beleaguered forts on the Bozeman Trail, and befriending scout Jim Bridger and Mountain Crow Chief Blackfoot. Framed and supplemented with the editor's biographical, historical, and explanatory notes, Hart's memoir offers a new perspective on events long fixed in the historical imagination. As history writ large or on a personal scale, Bluecoat and Pioneer tells a remarkable story.

Disenfranchising Democracy - Constructing the Electorate in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France (Paperback):... Disenfranchising Democracy - Constructing the Electorate in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France (Paperback)
David A. Bateman
R631 Discovery Miles 6 310 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The first wave of democratization in the United States - the removal of property and taxpaying qualifications for the right to vote - was accompanied by the disenfranchisement of African American men, with the political actors most supportive of the former also the most insistent upon the latter. The United States is not unique in this respect: other canonical cases of democratization also saw simultaneous expansions and restrictions of political rights, yet this pattern has never been fully detailed or explained. Through case studies of the USA, the UK, and France, Disenfranchising Democracy offers the first cross-national account of the relationship between democratization and disenfranchisement. It develops a political institutional perspective to explain their co-occurrence, focusing on the politics of coalition-building and the visions of political community coalitions advance in support of their goals. Bateman sheds new light on democratization, connecting it to the construction of citizenship and cultural identities.

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