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The Civil War reader 1862
Publication Information:
New York : ibooks, [2002]

Physical Description:
406 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes Civil War websites (p. 404-406).

"Material originally appeared in Civil War Times Illustrated, America's Civil War, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History and Columbiad."-- T.p. verso.
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E468 .C6248 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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From blood-stained battlefields to smoke-filled antechambers of political power-brokers, 1862 was a year of tumultuous events in America. Flush from its victories of the previous year, the Confederacy stood poised and powerful -- tantalizingly close to sundering the shackles of the Union and establishing itself as a new and independent nation-state on the North American continent. The battles, political events, personalities, and innovative weapons of war are re-examined, and often illuminated with new analysis and information, by some of America's foremost historians and scholars including: James M. McPherson ? Stephen W. Sears ? Tom Wicker ? Geoffrey Perret ? and many more.

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Library Journal Review

In 1862, the unique nature of the Civil War was developing and its outcome still very much in question. This collection of 27 articles, compiled by Symonds (history, U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis; Stonewall of the West: Patrick Cleburne and the Civil War) offers a readable introduction to this pivotal period. Symonds's opening essay outlines the significance of the year and introduces essays on military topics that range from the technological innovations that made the Civil War more modern and deadly than its predecessors to the important battles to the political and military leaders who played essential roles in the struggle's outcome. Essay contributors include well-regarded war historians such as Pulitzer Prize winner James M. McPherson, Stephen W. Sears, and Geoffrey Perrett. A list of reliable web sites also appears. Well chosen and well written, the articles make an inviting introduction to the period, although they are, unfortunately, not footnoted. Recommended for general readers and larger public libraries. Theresa R. McDevitt, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.