Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America's Hallowed Ground

Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America's Hallowed Ground

Jeff Shaara

Language: English

Pages: 211

ISBN: 0345464885

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Jeff Shaara, America's premier Civil War novelist, gives a remarkable guided tour of the ten Civil War battlefields every American should visit: Shiloh, Antietam, Fredericksburg/Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, New Market, Chickamauga, the Wilderness/Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg/Appomattox. Shaara explores the history, the people, and the places that capture the true meaning and magnitude of the conflict and provides

• engaging narratives of the war's crucial battles
• intriguing historical footnotes about each site
• photographs of the locations--then and now
• detailed maps of the battle scenes
• fascinating sidebars with related points of interest

From Antietam to Gettysburg to Vicksburg, and to the many poignant destinations in between, Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields is the ideal guide for casual tourists and Civil War enthusiasts alike.

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1862–1863 passed, it was “Fighting Joe” Hooker’s turn to take the stage. Though generally disliked by many of his subordinates, Hooker at least seemed willing to put an immediate squeeze on the rebel army, and he was not likely to plague Washington with meaningless delays. Abraham Lincoln understood that Hooker was nothing like George McClellan, but Hooker’s bursts of bravado made even Lincoln uncomfortable. Hooker is said to have remarked: “May God have mercy on Bobby Lee, for I shall have

watched by Lee’s observers, Lee’s attention began to shift to the west. Approximately ten miles west of Lee’s camps, on the main road leading out from Fredericksburg, there sat an intersection occupied by a single residence called the Chancellor House. The mansion gave the immediate area the name of Chancellorsville. The mansion was Hooker’s concentration point, and he marched his men without hesitation, sending them across the Rappahannock at several of the fords that dotted the river northwest

raised by a group of private citizens, and after extraordinary efforts of time and careful engineering, she is finally raised in 1964. The USS Cairo, Vicksburg, Mississippi PHOTO PATRICK FALCI Though title of the Cairo rests originally with the county where the vessel is located, in 1973 ownership is transferred to the National Park Service. In 1977, she is brought to Vicksburg and placed in its current location, just outside the National Cemetery. Because the Cairo is mostly encased in

artillery pieces that more often symbolize Jackson’s life. The house is open to the public daily, except major holidays, and tours are offered every half hour. Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery SOME WHO TOUR OUR NATION’S HISTORIC SITES ARE DEDICATED TO the exploration of old or historic cemeteries in general, but this one has an aura and a roster of inhabitants that will appeal greatly to anyone with a particular interest in Confederate history. Spread over a peaceful hilltop just south of

while the rebels were trying to make their way back, the sun came up, and the Federal troops around them were coming to life. The response to the capture of Fort Stedman was immediate and deadly. What was to have been a breakthrough instead became a hotly compact battle, with Gordon’s men fighting off waves of Federal troops while they absorbed a hard pounding from nearby Federal artillery batteries. With Gordon and his men penned up in Fort Stedman and nearby positions, there was no place for

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