War letters : extraordinary correspondence from American by Andrew Carroll

By Andrew Carroll

In 1998, Andrew Carroll based the Legacy venture, with the objective of remembering american citizens who've served their state and protecting their letters for posterity. due to the fact that then, over 50,000 letters have poured in from round the state. approximately 2 hundred of them include this notable collection—including never-before-published letters that seem within the new afterword.

Here are letters from the Civil warfare, global warfare I, global battle II, Korea, the chilly battle, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf warfare, Somalia, and Bosnia—dramatic eyewitness money owed from front traces, poignant expressions of affection for family members and kingdom, insightful reflections at the nature of conflict. Amid the voices of universal infantrymen, marines, airmen, sailors, nurses, reporters, spies, and chaplains are letters via such mythical figures as Gen. William T. Sherman, Clara Barton, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernie Pyle, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Julia baby, Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, and Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Sr. accrued in War Letters, they're an stunning ancient checklist, a robust tribute to those that fought, and a party of the iconic energy of letters

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The Battle of the Crater: A Complete History by John F. Schmutz

By John F. Schmutz

The conflict of the Crater is without doubt one of the lesser recognized but best battles of the Civil conflict. This e-book, detailing the onset of brutal trench war at Petersburg, Virginia, digs deeply into the army and political history of the conflict. starting via tracing the rival armies throughout the sour conflicts of the Overland crusade and culminating with the siege of Petersburg and the conflict meant to boost that siege, this ebook bargains a candid examine the conception of the crusade by means of either side.

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The Confederate Army 1861-65: Louisiana & Texas by Ron Field

By Ron Field

The typical picture of the accomplice military throughout the Civil struggle is ruled by means of a constrained variety of early photogaphs of workplaces and males donning the grey and butternut linked to the CS rules and quartermaster concerns. This series of books examines a much broader box: the unique uniforms of the nation armed forces and volunteer businesses introduced jointly to shape the accomplice box armies, and the ongoing efforts to dress troops as wear-and-tear steadily decreased the initially wide variety ofuniforms. A mass of data from modern files is illustraed with infrequent images and meticulous colour reconstructions.

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Atlas of the English Civil War by P. R. Newman

By P. R. Newman

The English Civil conflict is a topic which keeps to excite huge, immense curiosity through the global. This atlas contains over fifty maps illustrating the entire significant - and lots of of the minor - bloody campaigns and battles of the conflict, together with the campaigns of Montrose, the conflict of Edgehill and Langport. offering an entire introductory historical past to the turbulent interval, it is also: * maps giving crucial historical past details * designated accompanying factors * an invaluable context to occasions.

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After the war : the lives and images of major Civil War by David Hardin

By David Hardin

"Show me a hero and that i will write you a tragedy," acknowledged F. Scott Fitzgerald. possibly no occasion in American background higher illustrates this view than the Civil struggle and its vital avid gamers within the years after the clash. the worth of army glory and ties to greatness could flip towards the tragic even one of the victors—like earthquake survivors stumbling into one other global, easily attempting to make a brand new lifestyles. Their fight will be a relentless tug again towards a destroyed prior, and a disagreement with the truth of being strangers of their personal land.

David Hardin's tales of 11 such figures are revealing and touching: the explosive romance among Jefferson Davis's daughter and the grandson of a Yankee abolitionist; the fight among the irreligious William T. Sherman and his religious Catholic spouse for the soul in their risky son; the bankrupt Ulysses Grant's heroic race to accomplish his memoirs and supply for his kin whereas death of melanoma. those are one of the tales and folks in After the War, which additionally comprises the Southern diarist Mary Chesnut, the luckless accomplice John Bell Hood, the occasionally Klan chief Nathan Bedford Forrest, the shopaholic Mary Lincoln, the gentlemanly Joe Johnston, the mythological Robert E. Lee, the underappreciated Union basic George Thomas, and the plucky Libbie Custer, who defended her husband top identified for his reckless catastrophe.

Whether Northerner or Southerner, their lives didn't finish at Appomattox. Their assorted results are a banquet of irony and, jointly, a portrait of nationwide swap. With 11 black-and-white photographs.

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A Year in the South: Four Lives in 1865 by Stephen V. Ash

By Stephen V. Ash

A 12 months within the South is ready 4 traditional humans in a rare time. They lived within the South in the course of 1865 -- a 12 months that observed conflict, disunion, and slavery collapse to peace, reconstruction, and emancipation. One was once a slave decided to realize freedom, one a widow scuffling with poverty and melancholy, one a guy of God and planter’s son grappling with religious and worldly issues, and one a former accomplice soldier looking a brand new existence. among January and December 1865 they witnessed, from very diverse vantage issues, the dying of the outdated South and the delivery of the recent South. Civil struggle historian Stephen V. Ash reconstructs their day-by-day lives, their fears and hopes, and their frustrations and triumphs in brilliant element, telling a dramatic tale of genuine humans in a time of serious upheaval and delivering a clean point of view on a pivotal second in heritage.

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How Robert E. Lee Lost the Civil War by Edward H. Bonekemper III

By Edward H. Bonekemper III

This booklet demanding situations the overall view that Robert E. Lee was once an army genius who staved off inevitable accomplice defeat opposed to insurmountable odds. as an alternative, the writer contends that Lee used to be essentially liable for the South's loss in a battle it will probably have won.

His thought: The North had the load of conquering the South, an enormous defensible region inclusive of 11 states. The South simply needed to play for a tie and purely needed to put on down the northern will to win (as insurgents did opposed to stronger forces within the American Revolution, the chinese language Communist takeover of China, and the Vietnam War). particularly, the South needed to carry directly to its important manpower assets and persuade the North to vote Lincoln out of workplace in 1864.

Instead, Lee unnecessarily went for the win, squandered his irreplaceable troops, and weakened his military so badly that army defeat grew to become inevitable. Lee's military took 80,000 casualties in his first fourteen months of command-the similar variety of troops he inherited whilst he took command. this significant interval of the warfare prolonged from the Seven Days' crusade, within which Lee's military went at the suicidal offensive virtually on a daily basis for every week; moment Bull Run/Manassas, the place the ultimate offensive cost was once expensive; the Antietam crusade, which Lee initiated on his personal and nearly fee him his military; Fredericksburg, a lesson in slaughter that Lee didn't research; Chancellorsville, the "victory" that wasn't; and at last the disastrous Gettysburg crusade, within which he took his military at the strategic offensive and heavily broken its destiny software. With the Confederacy outnumbered four-to-one in white males of combating age, Lee's competitive method and strategies proved to be suicidal.

Also noteworthy are Lee's failure to take cost of the battlefield (such because the moment day of Gettysburg), his overly advanced and useless battle-plans (such because the Antietam and 7 Days' campaigns), and his obscure and ambiguous orders (such as those who disadvantaged him of Jeb Stuart's providers for many of Gettysburg).

Furthermore, the booklet describes how Lee's Virginia-first myopia performed a big function in an important accomplice disasters within the West. Too little cognizance has been paid to Lee's refusals to supply reinforcements for Vicksburg or Tennessee in mid-1863, his inflicting James Longstreet to reach at Chickamauga with just a 3rd of his troops and none of his artillery, his thought to maneuver Longstreet clear of Chattanooga in advance of Grant's troops broke during the undermanned Confederates at Missionary Ridge, and his failure to enhance Atlanta within the severe months ahead of the 1864 Presidential election.

Lee's ultimate failure used to be his carrying on with the hopeless and bloody slaughter after Union victory were ensured through each one of a sequence of occasions: the autumn of Atlanta, the reelection of Lincoln, and the autumn of Petersburg and Richmond.

This publication additionally explores historians' remedy of Lee, together with the deification of him through failed accomplice generals, similar to Jubal A. Early and William Nelson Pendleton, trying to resurrect their very own reputations and fix the satisfaction of the South via construction of the parable of the misplaced Cause.

Readers and listeners aren't impartial approximately this stinging critique of the hero of The misplaced reason.

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Lincoln's Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for by Joshua Zeitz

By Joshua Zeitz

A well timed and intimate inspect Abraham Lincoln’s White condo throughout the lives of his closest aides and confidants

Lincoln’s professional secretaries John Hay and John Nicolay loved extra entry, witnessed extra heritage, and knew Lincoln greater than a person open air of the president’s rapid kinfolk. Hay and Nicolay have been the gatekeepers of the Lincoln legacy. They learn poetry and attendeded the theater with the president, commiserated with him over Union military setbacks, and plotted electoral technique. They have been current at each seminal occasion, from the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation to Lincoln’s supply of the Gettysburg Address—and they wrote approximately it after his death.

of their biography of Lincoln, Hay and Nicolay fought to set up Lincoln’s heroic legacy and to maintain a story that observed slavery—not states’ rights—as the only real explanation for the Civil struggle. As Joshua Zeitz indicates, a twin of a humble guy with unusual mind who rose from obscurity to develop into a storied wartime chief and emancipator is especially a lot their creation.

Drawing on letters, diaries, and memoirs, Lincoln’s Boys is an element political drama and half coming-of-age tale—a attention-grabbing tale of friendship, politics, conflict, and the competition over historical past and remembrance.

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