Longest Night A Military History of the Civil War

ISBN-10: 0684849453

ISBN-13: 9780684849454

Edition: 2002 (Reprint)

Authors: David J. Eicher, James M. McPherson

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In this compelling new account of the American Civil War, noted historian David Eicher gives us an authoritative history of battle from the first shots at Fort Sumter to Lee's surrender at Appomattox. As a strictly military history, The Longest Night covers hundreds of engagements, both well known and obscure, including the oft-neglected Western theater and naval actions along the coasts and rivers. The result is a gripping popular history that will fascinate anyone just learning about the Civil War while offering more than a few surprises for longtime students. Drawing on hundreds of sources and excerpts from correspondence by those who fought the war, The Longest Night conveys a real sense of life -- and death -- on the battlefield. In addition, Eicher analyzes each side's evolving strategy; examines the tactics of Lee, Grant, Johnston, and Sherman; and discusses significant topics such as prisons, railroads, shipbuilding, clandestine operations, and the role of African-Americans in the war. This is an indispensable chronicle of the war that James M. McPherson, in the Foreword, calls "the most dramatic, violent, and fateful experience in American history."
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Book details

List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 9/4/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 992
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.750
Language: English

James M. McPherson is the author of Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, which won a Pulitzer Prize in history, and For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, a Lincoln Prize winner. He is the George Henry Davis Professor of American History at Princeton University in New Jersey, where he also lives. His newest book, entitled Abraham Lincoln, celebrates the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth with a short, but detailed look at this president's life.

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Foreword
Introduction
Prologue: 1915
The War Begins at Sumter
Organizing the Struggle
Southern Joy over First Bull Run
A Massacre at Ball's Bluff
An Unlikely Hero at Belmont
Grant Moves into Tennessee
Clash of the Ironclads
A Bloodbath at Shiloh
Jackson's Valley Campaign
The Peninsular Campaign
Confederate Triumph at Second Bull Run
The War's Bloodiest Day
Fredericksburg's Appalling Loss
Stalemate at Stones River
The Campaign for Vicksburg
Lee's Master Stroke
Three Days at Gettysburg
Visiting the River of Death
The Battles for Chattanooga
Sherman Eyes the Deep South
The Red River Campaign
Grant Moves into the Wilderness
Action at Atlanta and Petersburg
Sheridan Raids the Valley
Sherman's March to the Sea
Fall of the Last Confederate Port
Lee's Army Crumbles
The End of the Civil War
Epilogue: 1865
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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