American Heritage History of the Civil War
James M. McPherson, Bruce Catton
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Here is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Bruce Catton's unsurpassed account of the Civil War, one of the most moving chapters in American history.
Introduced by Pulitzer Prize-winner James M. McPherson, the book vividly traces the epic struggle between the Blue and Gray, from the early division between the North and South to the final surrender of Confederate troops.
the size of his own cut him to pieces, and he had handled his men so poorly that a substantial part of his immense host had never been put into action at all. Chancellorsville was Lee’s most brilliant victory. It had been bought at a heavy cost, however, for Stonewall Jackson was mortally wounded, shot down by his own troops in the confused fighting in the thickets on the night of May 2. Once more, Lee had taken the initiative away from his Federal opponent. The next move would be his, and
1860s had everything working against him. In his favor were a great deal of native toughness, a sardonic humor that came to his rescue when times were darkest, and intense devotion to the cause he was serving. Neither Yank nor Reb ever talked much about the cause; to listen to eloquence on the issues of the war, one had to visit cities behind the lines, read newspapers, or drop in on Congress, either in Washington or in Richmond, because little along that line was ever heard in camp. The soldier
compelled him to fight at a disadvantage, and Sherman’s progress looked better on the map than it really was. He had been ordered to go for Joe Johnston, and he could not quite crowd the man into a corner and bring his superior weight to bear. There were several pitched battles, and there were innumerable skirmishes, and both armies had losses, but there was nothing like the all-consuming fighting that was going on in Virginia. Johnston made a stand once, on the slopes of Kennesaw Mountain, and
states met at Montgomery, Alabama, and set up a new country, the Confederate States of America. A provisional constitution was adopted (to be replaced in due time by a permanent document, very much like the Constitution of the United States), and Jefferson Davis of Mississippi was elected president, with Alexander Stephens of Georgia as vice-president. Perhaps it was not too late for an adjustment. A new nation had come into being, but its creation might simply be a means of forcing concessions
Thomas was in control of the situation; he feared that Hood would get away from him and march all the way north to the Ohio. After fruitlessly bombarding Thomas with instructions to attack at once, Grant prepared orders relieving the general from command and set out himself to go west and take control. For the only time in his career, Grant was suffering from a case of the jitters. The war was on the edge of being won, but if Hood eluded Thomas and continued to the north, the balance might be