Best Little Stories from the Civil War: More Than 100 True Stories

By C. Brian Kelly

The Civil conflict You by no means Knew...

Behind the bloody battles, strategic marches, and adorned generals lie greater than a hundred intensely own, real tales you haven't heard ahead of. In top Little tales from the Civil battle, infantrymen describe their first stories in conflict, ladies notice the advances and retreats of armies, spies recount their equipment, and leaders demonstrate the reasoning at the back of lots of their public activities. attention-grabbing characters come to existence, including:

Former U.S. Senator Robert Toombs of Georgia, who warned the accomplice cupboard to not fall for Lincoln's catch by way of firing on reinforcements, thereby permitting Lincoln to assert the South had fired the 1st pictures of the battle at castle Sumter.

Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut, who disbanded the thirteenth self sustaining Battery, Ohio mild Artillery, scattered its males, gave its weapons to different devices, and ordered its officials domestic, accusing all of cowardly functionality in battle.

Thomas N. Conrad, a accomplice secret agent working in Washington, who warned Richmond of either the looming Federal Peninsula crusade within the spring of 1863 and the assault at Fredericksburg later that year.

Private Franklin Thomson of Michigan, born as Sarah Emma Edmonds, who fought in uniform for the Union in the course of the warfare and later was once the one lady member of the postwar Union Grand military of the Republic.

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Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s Through the Civil War

By Melvin Patrick Ely

WINNER OF THE BANCROFT PRIZEA New York occasions booklet Review and Atlantic Monthly Editors' ChoiceThomas Jefferson denied that whites and freed blacks may possibly reside jointly in concord. His cousin, Richard Randolph, not just disagreed, yet made it attainable for 90 African american citizens to turn out Jefferson mistaken. Israel at the Appomattox tells the tale of those liberated blacks and the group they shaped, referred to as Israel Hill, in Prince Edward County, Virginia. There, ex-slaves proven farms, navigated the Appomattox River, and have become marketers. unfastened blacks and whites did company with each other, sued one another, labored part by means of aspect for equivalent wages, joined forces to came across a Baptist congregation, moved west jointly, and infrequently settled down as guy and spouse. Slavery solid its grim shadow, even over the lives of the unfastened, but on Israel Hill we find a relocating tale of hassle and wish that defies our expectancies of the outdated South.

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High Hearts

By Rita Mae Brown

From the prestigious writer of Rubyfruit  Jungle and Bingo  comes a stirring novel of the Civil battle, a story of  true love and wrong identification. Brimming with  colorful characters and bright settings, High  Hearts is Rita Mae Brown at her most  ambitious and entertaining.

April 12,  1861. shiny, gutsy and young,Geneva Chatfield  marries Nash Hart in Albemarle County, Virginia, the  same day castle Sumter's weapons hearth the beginning of the  Civil struggle. 5 days later she loses him as Nash  joins the accomplice military. Geneva, who's known  as the simplest rider given that gentle Horse Harry Lee,  cuts her hair, dons a uniform, enlists as "Jimmy  Chatfield," then rides off to be with her  beloved Nash. yet delicate Nash recoils in horror  from the violence of warfare, whereas Geneva is  invigorated by way of the chase and the struggle. Can she be all the  man her husband isn't? She'll definite as hell try.  But there's a hassle, and his identify is Major  "Mars" Vickers. This macho significant, to his own  shock and amazement, reveals himself inexplicably  attracted to the younger soldier named "Jimmy."  And this can be merely the start of a singular that  moves with sureness and charm from the ferocity of  battle to the fight at the homefront, and brings  passion and sly humor to a narrative of dawning love.  High Hearts is a penetrating,  delightful and sweeping story that offers clean existence to a  fascinating  time

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The Amalgamation Polka (Vintage Contemporaries)

By Stephen Wright

Born in 1844 in bucolic upstate long island, Liberty Fish is the son of fervent abolitionists in addition to the grandson of Carolina slaveholders much more devoted to their reason. therefore follows a early life limned with fugitive slaves relocating via hidden passageways in the home, and the inevitable misery that befalls his mom at any time when letters arrive from her mom and dad. In hopes of reconciling the familial disunion, Liberty escapes--first into the cauldron of conflict after which right into a bedlam extra aggravating nonetheless. In a colourful exhibit of literary fulfillment, Stephen Wright brings us a Civil conflict novel in contrast to the other.

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The Class of 1846: From West Point to Appomatox- Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and Their Brothers

By John C. Waugh

No unmarried crew of fellows at West Point--or probably any academy--has been so indelibly written into background because the type of 1846. The names are mythical: Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, George B. McClellan, Ambrose Powell Hill, Darius Nash sofa, George Edward Pickett, Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox, and George Stoneman. the category fought in 3 wars, produced twenty generals, and left the kingdom a long-lasting legacy of bravery, brilliance, and bloodshed.

This attention-grabbing, remarkably intimate chronicle lines the lives of those unforgettable men--their education, their personalities, and the occasions within which they made their names and met their fates. Drawing on letters, diaries, and private debts, John C. Waugh has written a collective biography of masterful proportions, as bright and engrossing as fiction in its new edition of those impressive figures and their pivotal roles in American historical past.

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The Civil War: A Narrative: Volume 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian

By Shelby Foote

"This, then, is narrative history—a form of historical past that is going again to an older literary tradition.... The writing is of the historic and literary achievements of our time." —The Washington put up booklet World

" defined with such meticulous consciousness to motion, terrain, time, and the characters of a number of the commanders that I comprehend, eventually, what occurred in that battle.... Mr. Foote has an acute feel of the relative value of occasions and a novelist's ability in directing the reader's recognition to the lads and the episodes that might effect the process the total struggle, with no omitting goods that are of temporary curiosity. His association of proof might hardly ever be better." —Atlantic

"Though the occasions of this heart yr of the Civil conflict were acknowledged 1000s of instances, they've got hardly ever been re-created with such vigour and such picturesque detail." —The manhattan occasions booklet Review

"The lucidity of the conflict narratives, the power of the prose, the powerful feeling for the lads from generals to privates who did the struggling with, are all managed by way of consistent experience of ways it occurred and what it was once all approximately. Foote has the novelist's feeling for personality and scenario, with out wasting the historian's scrupulous regard for recorded truth. The Civil War is probably going to face unequaled." —Walter turbines

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The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero

By James S Robbins

The actual Custer takes an exceptional demanding examine the existence and storied army profession of George Armstrong Custer—from slicing his enamel at Bull Run within the Civil conflict, to his recognized and premature dying at Little Bighorn within the Indian Wars.

Author James Robbins demonstrates that Custer, having graduated final in his classification at West aspect, went directly to turn out himself many times as an exceptionally expert cavalry chief. Robbins argues that Custer's undoing used to be his daring and cocky perspective, which brought on the Army's bloodiest defeat within the Indian Wars.

Robbins additionally dives into Custer’s own lifestyles, exploring his letters and different own files to bare who he used to be as someone, beneath the army chief. The actual Custer is a thrilling and useful contribution to the legend and historical past of Custer that may pride Custer lovers in addition to readers new to the legend.

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The Road to Disunion, Volume 2: Secessionists Triumphant, 1854-1861

By William W. Freehling

This is heritage within the grand demeanour, a robust narrative peopled with dozens of memorable pics, telling this significant tale with ability and enjoy. Freehling highlights the entire key moments at the highway to conflict, together with the violence in Bleeding Kansas, Preston Brooks's beating of Charles Sumner within the Senate chambers, the Dred Scott selection, John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry, and masses extra. As Freehling indicates, the election of Abraham Lincoln sparked a political quandary, yet before everything such a lot Southerners took a wary strategy, prepared to attend and spot what Lincoln may do--especially, no matter if he could take any adverse measures opposed to the South. yet at this second, the extraordinary fringe within the South took cost, first in South Carolina and Mississippi, yet then through the decrease South, sounding the drum roll for secession. certainly, The highway to Disunion is the 1st e-book to totally record how this determined minority of Southern hotspurs took carry of the secessionist factor and, aided through a chain of fortuitous occasions, drove the South out of the Union. Freehling offers compelling profiles of the leaders of this movement--many of them contributors of the South Carolina elite. through the narrative, he conjures up a global of attention-grabbing characters and areas as he captures the drama of 1 of America's so much important--and least understood--stories. The long-awaited sequel to the award-winning Secessionists at Bay, which used to be hailed as "the most vital historical past of the outdated South ever published," this quantity concludes a massive contribution to our knowing of the Civil struggle. A compelling, vibrant portrait of the ultimate years of the antebellum South, The highway to Disunion will stand as a tremendous background of its topic.

"This sure-to-be-lasting work--studded with pen pix and constantly astute in its appraisal of the delicate cultural and geographic adaptations within the region--adds an important layers to scholarship at the origins of America's bloodiest conflict."
--The Atlantic Monthly

"Splendid, painstaking account...and so a piece of historical past reaches into the previous to light up the current. it's gentle we want, and we owe Freehling a debt for laying off it."
--Washington Post

"A masterful, dramatic, breathtakingly particular narrative."
--The Baltimore Sun

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