A Short History of the Civil War: Ordeal by Fire
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Best one-volume history brings the events, figures, and battles of monumental conflict vividly to life. Absorbing details of military campaigns, battlefield strategies, and personalities revealed in an audacious style that carries readers breathlessly along from the day of Lincoln's inauguration to Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House.
crew gave the rest of the United States Navy remand for a night and took their monster home. What did they care for time? Today or tomorrow all the great ships with their proud sails were doomed, for the law of physics were unphysick’t, wood sank and metal floated, and Lieutenant Brooke’s iron pot was mistress of the world. The news came to Washington at three in the morning, over the military telegraph. At six the Cabinet met, pale with sleeplessness, taking the blow according to their several
of the United States she shall be regarded and held liable to be treated as a woman of the town plying her avocation.” Southern chivalry shuddered to the marrow of its bones. A reward of $10,000 was placed on Butler’s head, and when the news got to Europe a shout of horror went up. The French ambassador protested at Washington. A question was asked in the Commons and Lord Palmerston replied that the order was unfit to be written in the English language. Butler retorted crushingly that it was
an arrangement in which Sherman found an interior justice. “I am a better soldier than he, but I lack his iron nerve. I would have retreated on the first day at Shiloh.” Van Dorn’s claws were clipped at Corinth, Buell and Thomas handling Bragg; Grant felt strong enough for advance, and conferred with Sherman on the direction. Should it be east to catch Bragg between two armies or south against Vicksburg? Oh, Vicksburg by all means, said Sherman at once, “the possession of Vicksburg is the
with Hunt and the reserve artillery behind, silent only to let the guns cool. As Pickett stormed out into the open, one—two—three—four, right dress and take your time, the whole diapason blazed out. Gaps showed in the gray lines, long lanes down which you could drive a carriage. “Close up! Right dress!” and they came on, down the slope. Hancock’s guns changed to shells, then to canister. The gray lines came on magnificently, heads held high, leaving a long red trail behind them. They guided left,
resolute resistance. On the night of the tenth, Stuart got round his wings and drove him through Culpeper in rout; the next morning Lee’s main guard came swinging into that town. The thrust was too fast; Lee had outmarched his supply trains and had to wait for them to come up. It was not fast enough; on the 10th Meade had got behind the Rappahannock, with French’s III Corps at Sulphur Springs as his flank-guard. Nothing developed the next day, which was the one Lee spent at Culpeper; Meade