A Short History of the Civil War: Ordeal by Fire

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Courier Corporation, Jan 1, 1997 - History - 426 pages
Best one-volume history brings the events, figures, and battles of monumental conflict vividly to life. Absorbing details of military campaigns, battlefield strategies, and personalities revealed in an audacious style that carries readers breathlessly along from the day of Lincoln's inauguration to Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House.
 

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This is one of the first histories of the Civil War from a Northern perspective. Lyrical and engaging, it covers the primary battles, the major actors, and the political currents of the war, along ... Read full review

Contents

Cry Havoc
3
The Twilight Zone
9
First Interlude
19
The Child of Fortune
21
The West Virginia Operation
25
Disaster in the Scrub
28
Bull Run
32
Portrait in Four Tones of Red
36
ChancellorsvilleThe Third Day
196
Fevered Interlude
198
When the Wave Broke
203
The Gettysburg Campaign
205
GettysburgThe Second Day
213
The Revolt of the Turtle
221
Torquemada?
230
Fourth Interlude
238

Scotts Anaconda
43
Allegro Marziale
51
The Kentucky Campaign
52
Experiment in Tauromachy
60
ShilohSunday Morning
63
Varanus Salvator
69
Black Week
75
The Peninsular Campaign
77
The Ironclad Carondelet
88
Under Two Standards
92
GENIUS IN THE ASCENDANT
103
The Dolor of the Crescent
105
Somebodys Hand Shook
111
Inka and Corinth
113
Water Is More Desirable Than Blood
119
Braggs Invasion
120
Second Interlude
125
The Idiots Tale
128
Stone River I
129
Seven Times Against the City
136
Grant Before Vicksburg
139
The Summer of Discontent
145
Popes Campaign
147
Second Bull Run
154
Forever Free
156
Maryland My Maryland
160
The Antietam Campaign
163
The Dark Height
170
The Dithyramb of Shiva
175
MAN AND MACHINE 25 The Absolute Masterpiece
187
ChancellorsvilleThe First Day
190
Bragg is a Good Dog
240
The Tennessee Mountain Campaign
241
But Holdfast Is Better
254
The Fighting Around Chattanooga
257
The Anaconda Again
262
Autumn Maneuvers
269
Lees Blow
271
The Indecisiveness of Decisions
275
TO THE STARS
289
The Devil Is Let Loose
291
The Atlanta CampaignSherman and Johnston
295
Morituri Te Salutent
304
The WildernessThe First Day
309
The Feud of the Titans
312
Suspense
323
Morning Star
329
Peachtree Creek
330
The Ghost of 1812
341
Glory Hallelujah
346
Sheridan in the Valley
357
Confound Their Politics
363
Bring the Good Old Bugle Boys
366
Under the Iron Rod
372
Thomas in Tennessee
373
Here They come
384
Final Interlude
392
Evening Star
395
The Last Stand
396
Index
405
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