The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War

The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War

Margaret E. Wagner

Language: English

Pages: 264

ISBN: 0316120685

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

With striking visuals from the Library of Congress' unparalleled archive, THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ILLUSTRATED TIMELINE OF THE CIVIL WAR is an authoritative and engaging narrative of the domestic conflict that determined the course of American history. A detailed chronological timeline of the war captures the harrowing intensity of 19th-century warfare in first-hand accounts from soldiers, nurses, and front-line journalists. Readers will be enthralled by speech drafts in Lincoln's own hand, quotes from the likes of Frederick Douglass and Robert E. Lee, and portraits of key soldiers and politicians who are not covered in standard textbooks. The Illustrated Timeline's exciting new source material and lucid organization will give Civil War enthusiasts a fresh look at this defining period in our nation's history.

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city’s Confederate garrison when they arrived at Petersburg in mid-June, Grant’s battered troops, wary after weeks of brutal campaigning, failed to take this vital rail hub. Instead, Petersburg became the object of a Union siege that lasted for months. JUNE 12, 1864: General Grant begins one of the most remarkable troop movements of the war. Withdrawing the Army of the Potomac from its lines at Cold Harbor after dark, he leads the huge force across the Virginia Peninsula. By June 14, it will

of honor patriotism & truth against deceit selfishness & fanaticism” and declare, “For my country’s sake I deplore the result—but the people have decided with their eyes wide open.” Many of those open-eyed voters are in Federal uniforms; by election time, nineteen Union states have enacted provisions for soldiers to vote in the field, and among these fighting men, Lincoln wins by a three-to-one margin. “We proposed to fight for peace, not to crawl and beg for it,” Corporal Alexander Chisholm will

Photographers also covered the conflict (see “Photographing the War,” here), but the era’s cumbersome cameras were not yet able to capture “action” shots. Thus, a hardy band of special artist-correspondents traveled—and sometimes served—with the Union armies, making sketches and finished drawings that brought to life battlefield action, camp life, and, as the armies advanced, vignettes of Southern life under Union occupation. Wearing sturdy clothes and wide-brimmed hats to shade their eyes, and

the act will be divisive during the war and a model of how not to frame a draft law thereafter. With certain exceptions, the law deems able-bodied males between twenty and forty-five eligible for service, leaving a large loophole available to those with ready cash: a man can hire a substitute or buy his way out for three hundred dollars. At the same time, with the war not going well and even such fierce loyalists as Chicago Tribune editor Joseph Medill writing, “The Rebs can’t be conquered by the

Union line, sundering the Federal army. Striking at its flanks and rear, the Rebels push most of Rosecrans’s men, and Rosecrans himself, into a full-scale retreat toward Chattanooga. (In the midst of this confusion and carnage, Union drummer boy Johnny Clem, advancing against orders to stay in the rear, picks up the gun of a slain comrade and takes part in the battle, his age and his conduct under fire making him a Union hero.) Throughout the battle, Major General George Henry Thomas, a Virginian

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