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

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

Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns

Language: English

Pages: 204

ISBN: 0679755438

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The complete text of the bestselling narrative history of the Civil War--based on the celebrated PBS television series. This non-illustrated edition interweaves the author's narrative with the voices of the men and women who lived through that cataclysmic trail of our nationhood, from Abraham Lincoln to ordinary foot soldiers.

Includes essays by distinguished historians of the era.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

afford to let [the abolitionists] succeed in [their] endeavor to overthrow slavery. It is not a matter of principle with us. It is a matter of business necessity.” Free blacks enjoyed little freedom in much of the North. Only four states—Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts—permitted them to vote; in no state could they serve on a jury; not even the five thousand blacks who had fought for American freedom in the Revolution had been allowed to serve in any state militia. The

southerners had no stake in slavery and, if only he held firm, they were sure to resist the stampede toward disunion. Washington’s Birthday, February 22, was still celebrated as a national holiday, North and South. Lincoln raised a flag in front of Independence Hall at Philadelphia that morning, telling the crowd, “I would rather be assassinated on this spot” than surrender the idea of equality embodied in the Declaration of Independence. His misunderstanding of what had happened in the South

Rhode Island, and joined the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers. He would have joined earlier had his widowed mother not begged him to stay home. “Sunday was a sorrowful one at our home,” he recalled. “My mother went about with tears in her eyes, while I felt disappointment that I could not express and therefore nursed my sorrow in silence.” Finally, she came to his room after he had gone to bed, and “with a spirit worthy of a Spartan mother of old said, ‘My son, other mothers must make sacrifices and

soon if a decisive victory could be gained over any of its armies … but [afterward] I gave up all idea of saving the Union except by complete conquest. Grant’s reward for this costly triumph was the loss of his command. His earlier victory at Fort Donelson had already earned him the jealous enmity of his superior, General Halleck, who spread the rumor that he had been drinking. Now, Halleck had Grant reassigned, assumed field command of the army himself, and started for Corinth, just

soon if a decisive victory could be gained over any of its armies … but [afterward] I gave up all idea of saving the Union except by complete conquest. Grant’s reward for this costly triumph was the loss of his command. His earlier victory at Fort Donelson had already earned him the jealous enmity of his superior, General Halleck, who spread the rumor that he had been drinking. Now, Halleck had Grant reassigned, assumed field command of the army himself, and started for Corinth, just

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