The Civil War: The First Year Told By Those Who Lived It (Library of America, Volume 212)

The Civil War: The First Year Told By Those Who Lived It (Library of America, Volume 212)


Original 12 months of publication: 2011

Additional contributors:Benjamin Moran, Irvin McDowell, Montgomery C. Meigs
(These members are in this article as the shape ran out of space.)

After a hundred and fifty years the Civil struggle continues to be our best nationwide drama, right now heroic, tragic, and epic-our Iliad, but in addition our Bible, a narrative of sin and judgment, discomfort and depression, demise and resurrection in a "new start of freedom." Drawn from letters, diaries, speeches, articles, poems, songs, army stories, felony critiques, and memoirs, The Civil conflict: the 1st Year gathers over a hundred and twenty items via greater than sixty members to create a distinct firsthand narrative of this nice old situation. starting at the eve of Lincoln's election in November 1860 and finishing in January 1862 with the appointment of Edwin M. Stanton as secretary of struggle, this quantity offers writing by means of figures well-known-Ulysses S. provide, Robert E. Lee, Mary Chesnut, Frederick Douglass, and Lincoln himself between them-and much less usual, like proslavery suggest J.D.B. DeBow, Lieutenants Charles B. Haydon of the 2d Michigan Infantry and Henry Livermore Abbott of the 20 th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, and plantation mistresses Catherine Edmondston of North Carolina and Kate Stone of Mississippi. jointly, the choices offer a robust experience of the immediacy, uncertainty, and urgency of occasions because the country was once torn asunder. comprises headnotes, a chronology of occasions, biographical and explanatory endnotes, full-color hand-drawn endpaper maps, and an index. better half volumes will assemble writings from the second one, 3rd, and ultimate years of the conflict.

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