101 Things You Didn't Know about the Civil War: Places, Battles, Generals--Essential Facts about the War That Divided America

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The Lowdown on America's Bloodiest War!

Do you know:
The name of the first state to secede from the Union?
The individual who could be considered the Mata Hari of the Civil War?
The Bible passage Southerners used most often to justify slavery?

You'll find answers to these intriguing questions and more in ...

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Overview


The Lowdown on America's Bloodiest War!

Do you know:
The name of the first state to secede from the Union?
The individual who could be considered the Mata Hari of the Civil War?
The Bible passage Southerners used most often to justify slavery?

You'll find answers to these intriguing questions and more in 101 Things You Didn't Know about the Civil War. Packed with fascinating details about the people, places, and events that defined our nations most contentious conflict, this tell-all guide reveals the inside scoop on the:

  • Issue of slavery and its impact on the war
  • Great—and not-so-great—leaders and generals
  • Battles fought and lost—and fought again
  • Particular horrors of this war
  • Women, children, and African Americans in the war
Complete with a helpful timeline, 101 Things You Didn't Know about the Civil War is your go-to guide for facts of the war that dramatically altered the course of American history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598693201
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/4/2007
  • Series: 101 Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,383,694
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 5.48 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Turner, Ph.D., is a professor of history at Bridgewater State College, in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     xi
The Coming of the War
It's Not Just About Slavery     2
Minifest Your Destiny     4
Insist, Resist     8
Voyage to Hell     10
The Confessions of Nat Turner     12
The Flack over the Fugitive Slave Act     14
Calhoun's Doctrine of Nullification     15
William Lloyd Garrison, the Liberator     17
John Brown's Soul Marches On     18
Frederick Douglass Follows the North Star     20
The Dred Scott Ruling     22
The Many Voices of Abolition     24
Bleeding Kansas     27
Secession Surprise the North     29
The Making of the Mason-Dixon Line     32
The Shrinking Union     33
Elephant Stampede     34
The Underdog States     37
Teetering on the Line     38
Call to Arms     39
Cabinet Players     42
Europe Chooses Sides     45
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates     48
Stephen Douglas, the Short Giant     50
Jefferson Davis, Leader by Default     52
Lincoln's First VP, Hannibal Hamlin     55
Davis's VP, Alexander Hamilton Stephens     57
Tough Times for Mary Todd     59
Belle of the Confederacy, Varina Howell Davis     62
Gods and Generals     64
The Fighting General Grant     66
(Un)Lucky Lee     70
A Company of Commanders     74
The Engagements of Wartime
A War of Amateurs     78
The Changing Face of Warfare     81
The Funding of the War     83
Fort Sumter Falls     85
Bull Run, Part 1     87
Shiloh, Bloody Shiloh     91
Antietam, the Single Bloodiest Day     94
Lee's Greatest Victory: Chancellorsville     96
Blood Bath at Gettysburg     99
The Rock of Chickamauga     101
Chattanooga, One More Nail in the Coffin     104
Lee and Grant Meet in the Wilderness     107
Countercharge at Spotsylvania     110
Atlanta Burns     112
The Battle of Nashville Closes the Western Front     115
Cat and Mouse in Petersburg     117
Warfare on the Water     120
Farragut Sails into New Orleans     122
Naval Showdown in Memphis     125
The Battle of Mobile Bay, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead"      127
The Monitor vs the Merrimack     129
The Weapons of War
The Things They Carried     132
Muskets and Rifles     134
Handguns     136
Swords and Sabers     138
Artillery Fire     140
The Ironclads     142
Non-Uniform Uniforms     144
Soldier's Clothes     146
Flags of the North and South     149
Music on the Battlefield     151
The Horrors of War
Camp Life     154
Chaos on the Battlefield     156
A Legendary Loss     157
Prisoner Exchange Rate     159
Andersonville Horror     161
Battlefield Medicine under Par     163
Angels on the Battlefield: Clara Barton and Dorothea Dix     165
War Doctors: Little Training, Tough Job     167
African American Participation as Soldiers     169
The Famous Massachusetts 54th Regiment     171
Ethnic Makeup of the Civil War     173
Chronicling the Civil War     175
Mathew Brady, the Father of Contemporary Photojournalism     177
Espionage During the War     179
Women and Children in the Line of Fire?     181
The Homefront
Effects, for Every American     186
America on the Eve of Destruction     188
Changing Roles, Family Life     190
Ideological Rift Divides Families     193
City Life, Far from the Battlefield     194
Surviving on the Farm     196
Lifestyle of the Landed Gentry, Plantation Life     198
Slavery in the Bible?     200
The End of the Conflict, Reconstruction, and the War's Legacy
An End in Sight     204
The Final Battles     207
The Hampton Roads Conference Calls for Peace     210
The Surrender of Robert E. Lee     211
Lee's Final Order     216
The Lingering War     217
Arlington National Cemetery, a Final Resting Place     219
The Plot Against Lincoln     220
The Capture of Jefferson Davis     222
The 13th, Abolishing, Amendment     225
Reconstructing the South     227
The Freedman's Bureau Helps Former Slaves Adapt     229
Black Codes Slow True Sovereignty     231
Johnson Takes Over: Rejoining the Union     232
Index     235
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