Reveille in Washington, 1860–1865

Reveille in Washington, 1860–1865

Margaret Leech


1860: the yankee capital is sprawling, fractured, squalid, coloured via patriotism and treason, and deeply divided alongside the political traces that would quickly embroil the country in bloody clash. Chaotic and corrupt, the younger urban is populated via bellicose congressmen, accomplice
conspirators, and enterprising prostitutes. infantrymen of a volunteer military swing from the dome of the Capitol, assassins stalk the avenues, and Abraham Lincoln struggles to justify his presidency because the Union heads to conflict.

Reveille in Washington makes a speciality of the typical politics and preoccupations of Washington throughout the Civil struggle. From the stench of corpse-littered streets to the plunging lace on Mary Lincoln’s night robes, Margaret Leech illuminates the town and its accepted figures—among them Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, William Seward, and Mary Surratt—in intimate and interesting aspect.

Leech’s e-book is still well known as either a powerful feat of scholarship and an uncommonly engrossing paintings of background.

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