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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
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.

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.

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
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.

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.

The Republic for Which It Stands - The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896 (Hardcover): Richard... The Republic for Which It Stands - The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896 (Hardcover)
Richard White
R723 R590 Discovery Miles 5 900 Save R133 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Oxford History of the United States is the most respected multivolume history of the American nation. In the newest volume in the series, The Republic for Which It Stands, acclaimed historian Richard White offers a fresh and integrated interpretation of Reconstruction and the Gilded Age as the seedbed of modern America. At the end of the Civil War the leaders and citizens of the victorious North envisioned the country's future as a free-labor republic, with a homogenous citizenry, both black and white. The South and West were to be reconstructed in the image of the North. Thirty years later Americans occupied an unimagined world. The unity that the Civil War supposedly secured had proved ephemeral. The country was larger, richer, and more extensive, but also more diverse. Life spans were shorter, and physical well-being had diminished, due to disease and hazardous working conditions. Independent producers had become wage earners. The country was Catholic and Jewish as well as Protestant, and increasingly urban and industrial. The "dangerous" classes of the very rich and poor expanded, and deep differences-ethnic, racial, religious, economic, and political-divided society. The corruption that gave the Gilded Age its name was pervasive. These challenges also brought vigorous efforts to secure economic, moral, and cultural reforms. Real change-technological, cultural, and political-proliferated from below more than emerging from political leadership. Americans, mining their own traditions and borrowing ideas, produced creative possibilities for overcoming the crises that threatened their country. In a work as dramatic and colorful as the era it covers, White narrates the conflicts and paradoxes of these decades of disorienting change and mounting unrest, out of which emerged a modern nation whose characteristics resonate with the present day.

Co. Aytch - A Confederate Memoir of the Civil War (Paperback): Sam R Watkins Co. Aytch - A Confederate Memoir of the Civil War (Paperback)
Sam R Watkins
R364 R344 Discovery Miles 3 440 Save R20 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Early in May 1861, twenty-one-year-old Sam R. Watkins of Columbia, Tennessee, joined the First Tennessee Regiment, Company H, to fight for the Confederacy. Of the 120 original recruits in his company, Watkins was one of only seven to survive every one of its battles, from Shiloh to Nashville. Twenty years later, with a "house full of young 'rebels' clustering around my knees and bumping about my elbows," he wrote this remarkable account of "Co. Aytch" -- its common foot soldiers, its commanders, its Yankee enemies, its victories and defeats, and its ultimate surrender on April 26, 1865.

Co. Aytch is the work of a natural storyteller who balances the horror of war with an irrepressible sense of humor and a sharp eye for the lighter side of battle. Among Civil War memoirs, it is considered a classic -- a living testament to one man's enduring humanity, courage, and wisdom in the midst of death and destruction.

Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination - The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford's Theatre (Paperback, First... Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination - The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford's Theatre (Paperback, First Trade Paper Edition)
Thomas A. Bogar
R448 R425 Discovery Miles 4 250 Save R23 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

John Wilkes Booth is known for one thing assassinating America's sixteenth president, Abe Lincoln. But what don't we know? Who helped him and who tried to stop him? Thomas A. Bogar reveals a thrilling narrative behind the cast and crew of Ford's Theatre and their relations with the infamous actor in Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination.

A Short History of the Civil War (Hardcover): Dk A Short History of the Civil War (Hardcover)
Dk
R671 R557 Discovery Miles 5 570 Save R114 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Don't Know Much about the Civil War - Everything You Need to Know about America's Greatest Conflict but Never Learned... Don't Know Much about the Civil War - Everything You Need to Know about America's Greatest Conflict but Never Learned (Paperback)
Kenneth C Davis
R393 R333 Discovery Miles 3 330 Save R60 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Why did Abraham Lincoln sneak into Washington for his inauguration? was the Gettysburg Address written on the back of an envelope? Where did the Underground Railroad run? Did General Sherman really say, "War is Hell"?

If you can't answer these questions, you're not alone. Millions of Americans, bored by dull textbooks, are in the dark about the most significant event in our history. Now New York Times bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis comes to the rescue, deftly sorting out the players, the politics, and the key events - Emancipation and Reconstruction, Shiloh and Gettysburg, Generals Grant and Lee, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and much more. Drawing on moving eyewitness accounts, Davis includes a wealth of "hidden history" about the roles played by women and African Americans before and during the war, along with lesser-known facts that will enthrall even learned Civil War buffs. Vivid, informative, and hugely entertaining, Don't Know Much About the Civil War is the only book you'll ever need on "the war that never ended."

A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time - Julia Wilbur's Struggle for Purpose (Hardcover): Paula Tarnapol Whitacre A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time - Julia Wilbur's Struggle for Purpose (Hardcover)
Paula Tarnapol Whitacre
R708 R568 Discovery Miles 5 680 Save R140 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the fall of 1862 Julia Wilbur left her family's farm near Rochester, New York, and boarded a train to Washington, DC. As an ardent abolitionist, the forty-seven-year-old Wilbur left a sad but stable life, headed toward the chaos of the Civil War, and spent the next several years in Alexandria, Virginia, devising ways to aid recently escaped slaves and hospitalized Union soldiers. A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time shapes Wilbur's diaries and other primary sources into a historical narrative of a woman who was alternately brave, self-pitying, foresighted, and myopic. Paula Tarnapol Whitacre describes Wilbur's experiences against the backdrop of Alexandria, a southern town held by the Union from 1861 to 1865; of Washington, DC, where Wilbur became active in the women's suffrage movement; and of Rochester, New York, where she began a lifelong association with Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. Harriet Jacobs, author of Incidents of a Slave Girl, became Wilbur's friend and ally. Together, the two women, black and white, fought social convention to improve the lives of African Americans escaping slavery by coming across Union lines. In doing so, they faced the challenge to achieve racial and gender equality that continues today. A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time is the captivating story of a woman who remade herself at midlife during a period of massive social upheaval.

Amazing Women of the Civil War - Fascinating True Stories of Women Who Made a Difference (Paperback): Webb Garrison Amazing Women of the Civil War - Fascinating True Stories of Women Who Made a Difference (Paperback)
Webb Garrison
R269 R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Save R78 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Civil War is most often described as one in which brother fought against brother. But the most devastating war fought on American soil was also one in which women demonstrated heroic deeds, selfless acts, and courage beyond measure. Women mobilized soup kitchens and relief societies. Women cared for wounded soldiers. Women were effective spies. And it is estimated that 300 women fought on the battlefields, usually disguised as men. The most fascinating Civil War women include:

  • Harriet Tubman, a former slave, who led hundreds of fellow slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad
  • Four hundred women who were seized in Roswell, Georgia, deported to Indiana, and vanished without a trace
  • Belle Boyd, the "Siren of the Shenandoah," who at the age of seventeen killed a Union soldier
  • "Crazy" Elizabeth Van Lew, who deliberately fostered the impression that she was eccentric so that she could be an effective spy for the North

"The poor fellow sprang from my hands and fell back quivering in the agonies of death. A bullet had passed between my body and the right arm which supported him, cutting through my sleeve and passing through his chest from shoulder to shoulder." ―Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross

"We were all amused and disgusted at the sight of a thing that nothing but the debased and depraved Yankee nation could produce. A woman] was dressed in the full uniform of a Federal surgeon. She was not good looking, and of course had tongue enough for a regiment of men." ―Captain Benedict J. Semmes, describing Mary Walker, M.D.

The Last Battleground - The Civil War Comes to North Carolina (Hardcover): Philip Gerard The Last Battleground - The Civil War Comes to North Carolina (Hardcover)
Philip Gerard
R622 R508 Discovery Miles 5 080 Save R114 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

To understand the long march of events in North Carolina from secession to surrender is to understand the entire Civil War-a personal war waged by Confederates and Unionists, free blacks and the enslaved, farm women and plantation belles, Cherokee braves and mountaineers, conscripts and volunteers, gentleman officers and poor-bocker privates. In the state's complex loyalties, its sprawling and diverse geography, and its dual role as a home front and a battlefield, North Carolina embodies the essence of the whole epic struggle in all its terrible glory. Philip Gerard presents this dramatic convergence of events through the stories of the individuals who endured them-reporting the war as if it were happening in the present rather than with settled hindsight-to capture the dreadful suspense of lives caught up in a conflict whose ending had not yet been written. As Gerard reveals, whatever the grand political causes for war, whatever great battles decided its outcome, and however abstract it might seem to readers a century and a half later, the war was always personal.

Drawn with the Sword - Reflections on the American Civil War (Paperback, Revised): James M Mcpherson Drawn with the Sword - Reflections on the American Civil War (Paperback, Revised)
James M Mcpherson
R396 R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Save R24 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In Drawn With the Sword, James W. McPherson offers a series of thoughtful and engaging essays on some of the most enduring questions of the Civil War. Each essay in Draw With the Sword reveals McPherson's own profound knowledge of the Civil War and of the controversies among historians, presenting all sides in clear and lucid prose.

The Cambridge History of the American Civil War: Volume 1, Military Affairs (Hardcover): Aaron Sheehan-Dean The Cambridge History of the American Civil War: Volume 1, Military Affairs (Hardcover)
Aaron Sheehan-Dean
R3,478 Discovery Miles 34 780 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This volume narrates the major battles and campaigns of the conflict, conveying the full military experience during the Civil War. The military encounters between Union and Confederate soldiers and between both armies and irregular combatants and true non-combatants structured the four years of war. These encounters were not solely defined by violence, but military encounters gave the war its central architecture. Chapters explore well-known battles, such as Antietam and Gettysburg, as well as military conflict in more abstract places, defined by political qualities (like the border or the West) or physical ones (such as rivers or seas). Chapters also explore the nature of civil-military relations as Union armies occupied parts of the South and garrison troops took up residence in southern cities and towns, showing that the Civil War was not solely a series of battles but a sustained process that drew people together in more ambiguous settings and outcomes.

Hymns of the Republic - The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War (Hardcover): S.C. Gwynne Hymns of the Republic - The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War (Hardcover)
S.C. Gwynne
R711 R576 Discovery Miles 5 760 Save R135 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell comes "a masterwork of history" (Lawrence Wright, author of God Save Texas), the spellbinding, epic account of the last year of the Civil War. The fourth and final year of the Civil War offers one of the most compelling narratives and one of history's great turning points. Now, Pulitzer Prize finalist S.C. Gwynne breathes new life into the epic battle between Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant; the advent of 180,000 black soldiers in the Union army; William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the Sea; the rise of Clara Barton; the election of 1864 (which Lincoln nearly lost); the wild and violent guerrilla war in Missouri; and the dramatic final events of the war, including Lee's surrender at Appomattox and the murder of Abraham Lincoln. "A must-read for Civil War enthusiasts" (Publishers Weekly), Hymns of the Republic offers many surprising angles and insights. Robert E. Lee, known as a great general and Southern hero, is presented here as a man dealing with frustration, failure, and loss. Ulysses S. Grant is known for his prowess as a field commander, but in the final year of the war he largely fails at that. His most amazing accomplishments actually began the moment he stopped fighting. William Tecumseh Sherman, Gwynne argues, was a lousy general, but probably the single most brilliant man in the war. We also meet a different Clara Barton, one of the greatest and most compelling characters, who redefined the idea of medical care in wartime. And proper attention is paid to the role played by large numbers of black union soldiers--most of them former slaves. Popular history at its best, Hymns of the Republic reveals the creation that arose from destruction in this "engrossing...riveting" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) read.

The Confederate Experience Reader - Selected Documents and Essays (Paperback, New Ed): John Derrick Fowler The Confederate Experience Reader - Selected Documents and Essays (Paperback, New Ed)
John Derrick Fowler
R978 Discovery Miles 9 780 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Confederate Experience Reader provides students and professors with the essential materials needed to understand and appreciate the major issues confronting the Southern Republic's brief existence during the American Civil War. This anthology covers the full history of the Confederate experience including the origins of the antebellum South, the rise of southern nationalism, the 1860 election and the subsequent Secession Crisis, the military conflict, and Reconstruction. Drawing from a full range of primary writings that describe the experience of living in the Southern Republic in vivid detail, as well as a careful selection of secondary works by prominent scholars in the field of confederate history, The Confederate Experience Reader allows students to situate the Confederate experience within the larger context of Southern and American history.

The Cambridge History of the American Civil War (Hardcover): Aaron Sheehan-Dean The Cambridge History of the American Civil War (Hardcover)
Aaron Sheehan-Dean
R9,267 Discovery Miles 92 670 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Cambridge History of the American Civil War provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the American Civil War. With contributions from over seventy-five leading historians of the Civil War, the three-volume reference work investigates the full range of human experiences and outcomes in this most transformative moment in American and global history. Volume 1 is organized around military affairs, assessing major battles and campaigns of the conflict. Volume 2 explores political and social affairs, conveying the experiences of millions of Americans who lived outside the major campaign zones in both the North and South. Volume 3 examines cultural and intellectual affairs, considering how the War's duration, scale, and intensity drove Americans to question how they understood themselves as people. The volumes conclude with an assessment of the legacies of the Civil War, demonstrating that its impact on American life shaped the country in the decades long after the end of the War.

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