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Original yr of publication: 2011

Additional contributors:Benjamin Moran, Irvin McDowell, Montgomery C. Meigs
(These members are in this article as the shape ran out of space.)

After one hundred fifty years the Civil conflict remains to be our best nationwide drama, right away heroic, tragic, and epic-our Iliad, but additionally our Bible, a narrative of sin and judgment, pain and melancholy, dying and resurrection in a "new start of freedom." Drawn from letters, diaries, speeches, articles, poems, songs, army studies, felony evaluations, and memoirs, The Civil conflict: the 1st Year gathers over a hundred and twenty items by way of greater than sixty contributors to create a distinct firsthand narrative of this nice historic concern. starting at the eve of Lincoln's election in November 1860 and finishing in January 1862 with the appointment of Edwin M. Stanton as secretary of struggle, this quantity provides writing by means of figures well-known-Ulysses S. furnish, Robert E. Lee, Mary Chesnut, Frederick Douglass, and Lincoln himself between them-and much less conventional, like proslavery recommend J.D.B. DeBow, Lieutenants Charles B. Haydon of the second Michigan Infantry and Henry Livermore Abbott of the twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, and plantation mistresses Catherine Edmondston of North Carolina and Kate Stone of Mississippi. jointly, the decisions offer a strong experience of the immediacy, uncertainty, and urgency of occasions because the state used to be torn asunder. comprises headnotes, a chronology of occasions, biographical and explanatory endnotes, full-color hand-drawn endpaper maps, and an index. spouse volumes will assemble writings from the second one, 3rd, and ultimate years of the conflict.

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