A Rising Thunder: From Lincoln's Election to the Battle of Bull Run: An Eyewitness History

A Rising Thunder: From Lincoln's Election to the Battle of Bull Run: An Eyewitness History

by Richard Wheeler
     
 

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Using the vast mass of eyewitness accounts with his usual deftness, popular historian Richard Wheeler takes the reader from the secession of South Carolina through the firing on Fort Sumter, the wave of further secessions, the Union loss of the naval base at Norfolk, and the efforts of both sides to cobble together armies. Using contemporary diaries, newspapers,

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Using the vast mass of eyewitness accounts with his usual deftness, popular historian Richard Wheeler takes the reader from the secession of South Carolina through the firing on Fort Sumter, the wave of further secessions, the Union loss of the naval base at Norfolk, and the efforts of both sides to cobble together armies. Using contemporary diaries, newspapers, speeches, and articles, Wheeler captures the gradual development of the crisis between North and South over the half-century before the war and ends the book with the First Battle of Bull Run, in which those armies clashed, and the Confederacy won a large but ultimately fruitless victory.

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Booknews
As in ten previous works of this genre, Wheeler skillfully melds narrative and eyewitness reports to create an engaging account for the general reader that stands up to scholarly perusal. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Roland Green
The latest Civil War volume from a gifted popular historian who has never forgotten that historians, like novelists, are descendants of the fireside storyteller. Using the vast mass of eyewitness accounts with his usual deftness, Wheeler takes the reader from the secession of South Carolina through the firing on Fort Sumter, the wave of further secessions, the Union loss of the naval base at Norfolk, and the efforts of both sides to cobble together armies. He ends the book with the First Battle of Bull Run, in which those armies (more accurately, armed mobs) clashed and the Confederacy won a large but ultimately fruitless victory. Accessible and readable, drawing upon a host of resources that only the largest Civil War collection would include, this is a fine narrative of the first steps on the long road to Gettysburg.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060169923
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
413

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