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The Civil War: A Narrative: Volume 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian (1974)
von Shelby Foote
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The second volume of Shelby Foote's Civil War history is just as thorough and comprehensive as the first. Foote has covered every aspect of the American Civil War his work. After reading this I feel that I know and understand characters on both sides of the conflict. Foote devoted pages of the book to Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, generals and politicians on both sides but also touched on the lives of the ordinary folks on both side of the conflict. I though the narration was excellent but the maps included were inadequate. I would recommend reading this book with a good civil war atlas at hand. I will be starting on the third and final volume soon.
This volume is heavier than Volume 1. There are more characters about whom Foote has trouble finding good things to say. Sherman gives a trial run to Total War by carving a pathway of destruction through Mississippi. Lincoln is beginning to seem like Bomber Harris in letting little stand in his way in furthering a just cause. At the very least (in Foote's imagery) Lincoln is like a chess player who is up a rook and is more than happy to exchange pieces, sure that he would win a battle of attrition.
Still, Foote writes beautifully. Maybe I'll read Volume 3 when the pandemic is over.
Best intro to Civil War.
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The Civil War: A Narrative (Original publication, Vol. 2)
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The Beleaguered City: The Vicksburg Campaign, December 1862-July 1863 (Modern Library) von Shelby Foote
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A narrative history of the American Civil War, which covers not only the battles and the troop movements but also the social background that brought on the war and led, in the end, to the South's defeat.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)973.7 — History and Geography North America United States Administration of Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865 Civil War
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The U.S. Constitution provided for population counting to be 3/5ths of a person for slaves. How did the Confederate Constitution describe African-Americas, in contrast? Slaves.