Allegiance Fort Sumter, Charleston, and the Beginning of the Civil War

ISBN-10: 015600741X

ISBN-13: 9780156007412

Edition: 2001 (Reprint)

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Original and deeply human, this tense and surprising story, filled with indecisive bureaucrats, uninformed leaders, hotheaded politicians, and dedicated soldiers, is a clear and intimate portrait of the prolonged drama that unfolded at Fort Sumter and incited the first shot of the Civil War on April 12, 1861. The six-month-long agony that began with Lincoln's election in November sputtered from one crisis to the next, and finally exploded as the soldiers at Sumter neared starvation. With little help from Washington, D.C., Major Robert Anderson, a soldier whose experience had taught him above all that war is the poorest form of policy, almost single-handedly forestalled the beginning of the war until he finally had no choice but to fight. Skillfully re-created from a decade of extensive research, Allegiance exposes the passions that led to the fighting, the sober reflections of the man who restrained its outbreak, and the individuals on both sides who changed American history forever.
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/12/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

David Detzer is professor emeritus of history with Connecticut State University. He is the author of several books, including Allegiance: Fort Sumter, Charleston, and the Beginning of the Civil War; and The Brink: Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and several dogs.

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Foreword
Asunder
A Gentle Man
Salad Days
The Fulcrum
Twilight of the Old Union
Commanders and Chiefs
Slim Pickens, Stout Fort
Eventide
Dueling Flags
The Wolf at the Door
Hostages
The Boys on the Beach
Takes Two to Tango, But One Can Do the Twist All Alone
The Yellow Brick Road
That Little Bridge
A Mere Point of Honor
Ashes and Dust
Mystic Chords of Memory: A Postscript
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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