The Library of Congress 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 nineteenth-century warfare in firsthand accounts from soldiers, nurses, and front-line journalists. Listeners 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 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.
"In addition to the timeline - a wonderful tool if you want to look up a particular date (or thereabouts) 150 years ago--Wagner has written an authoritative account of the war. And her book features more than 350 photos, maps, manuscripts, lithographs and original drawings, many rare and never before published." (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
"The meaning of the war has been debated for the past 150 years, and it is destined to be debated for the next 150 years as well. But because of the splendid detail marshaled in this remarkable timeline, there can be no dispute over what happened, when, and where, and what it looked like. This is an historic accomplishment of scholarship and imagination." (Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University professor, Harvard University)
"A rich feast of words and pictures that only the Library of Congress - with its vast resources and incomparable expertise--could produce. There have been Civil War almanacs and chronologies before - but none so sumptuous and irresistible - none, like this one, a genuine page turner." (Harold Holzer, editor of The New York Times The Complete Civil War 1861-1865 and chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation)
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