The Civil War: The Complete Text of the Bestselling Narrative History of the Civil War

By Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns

The full textual content of the bestselling narrative historical past of the Civil War--based at the celebrated PBS tv sequence. This non-illustrated version interweaves the author's narrative with the voices of the boys and girls who lived via that cataclysmic path of our nationhood, from Abraham Lincoln to bland foot infantrymen.

Includes essays via exotic historians of the period.

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American houses grew to become headquarters. American church buildings and schoolhouses sheltered the demise, and enormous foraging armies swept throughout American farms, burned American cities. american citizens slaughtered each other wholesale, the following in the USA, of their personal cornfields and peach orchards, alongside universal roads and via waters with outdated American names. In days at Shiloh, at the banks of the Tennessee River, extra American males fell than in all past American wars mixed. At chilly Harbor, a few 7,000 americans fell in twenty mins. males who had by no means strayed twenty miles from their very own entrance doorways now stumbled on themselves squaddies in nice armies struggling with epic battles countless numbers of miles from domestic. They knew they have been making heritage, and it used to be the best event in their lives. The Civil warfare has been given many names: the conflict among the States, the warfare opposed to Northern Aggression, the second one American Revolution, the misplaced reason, the warfare of the uprising, the Brothers’ battle, the overdue Unpleasantness. Walt Whitman referred to as it the conflict of tried Secession. accomplice common Joseph Johnston known as it the conflict opposed to the States. through no matter what identify, it was once undoubtedly an important occasion within the lifetime of the kingdom. It observed the top of slavery and the downfall of a southern planter aristocracy. It used to be the watershed of a brand new political and fiscal order, and the start of huge undefined, significant enterprise, titanic govt. It used to be the 1st smooth battle and, for americans, the most costly, yielding the main American casualties and the best family affliction, spiritually and bodily. It was once the main terrible, useful, intimate, acrimonious, mean-spirited, and heroic clash the kingdom has recognized. necessarily, we clutch the battle via such hyperbole. In so doing, we have a tendency to blur the truth that actual humans lived via it and have been replaced by means of the development. 100 eighty-five thousand black american citizens fought to loose their humans. Fishermen and storekeepers from Deer Isle, Maine, served bravely and died miserably in unusual locations like Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Fredericksburg, Virginia. there has been scarcely a family members within the South that didn't lose a son or brother or father. as with all civil strife, the battle was once marked by means of excruciating ironies. Robert E. Lee grew to become a legend within the accomplice military simply after turning down a proposal to command the complete Union strength. 4 of Lincoln’s personal brothers-in-law fought at the accomplice part, and one used to be killed. The little city of Winchester, Virginia, replaced arms seventy-two occasions throughout the battle, and the country of Missouri despatched thirty-nine regiments to struggle within the siege of Vicksburg: seventeen to the Confederacy and twenty-two to the Union. Few humans have expressed the that means of those ironies, anomalies, and divisions larger than Robert Penn Warren: A civil warfare is, we could say, the prototype of all battle, for within the people of fellow electorate who take place to be the enemy we meet back with the outdated ambivalence of affection and hate and with the entire previous guilts, the blood brothers of our formative years.

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