This rich and balanced narrative of the American Civil War combines a chronological organization with a thematic approach to provide a comprehensive introduction to this pivotal conflict in the nation's history. Chronologically organized chapters on military history allow readers to easily follow the ebb and flow of the battlefield, while other, more topical chapters interspersed throughout explore such subjects as Civil War medicine, politics, prisoners of war, diplomacy, and the role of African-Americans and women, providing strong social and political context for the war and a greater understanding of the lasting impact of the time period. Each chapter also includes high interest features that provide biographical sketches of important personalities, little known facts about the Civil War, the histories of famous fighting units, and eyewitness accounts of dramatic events.
Terry L. Jones is a native of Dodson, Louisiana, and received his B.A. and M.A. at Louisiana Tech University and his Ph.D. in American History at Texas A&M University. His dissertation, "Lee's Tigers," used such primary materials as letters, diaries, and official records to compile a history of the Louisiana infantry that fought in Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War. Lee's Tigers: The Louisiana Infantry in the Army of Northern Virginia was published by Louisiana State University Press in 1987 and was both a History Book Club selection and the recipient of the General L. Kemper Williams Prize for that year’s outstanding book on Louisiana history.
Dr. Jones has been married to the former Carol June Janette of Alexandria, Louisiana, for thirty-two years and has two daughters, Laura and Amie. During his twenty-six-year career, he has taught on the junior high, high school, and university level. Dr. Jones currently is a professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Besides Lee's Tigers, he has also published The Civil War Memoirs of Captain William J. Seymour: Reminiscences of a Louisiana Tiger (Louisiana State University Press, 1991), which also was a History Book Club selection; Campbell Brown's Civil War: With Ewell and the Army of Northern Virginia (LSU Press, 2001); Historical Dictionary of the Civil War (Scarecrow Press, 2002); Cemetery Hill: The Struggle for the High Ground (Da Capo Press, 2003); and The Louisiana Journey (Gibbs Smith, 2007), an 8th grade Louisiana history textbook.
Chapter 1. A House Divided
Chapter 2. A Parting of Ways
Chapter 3. War!!
Chapter 4. Soldiering
Chapter 5. Yankee Onslaught: The Western Theater, 1862
Chapter 6. Lee Takes Command: Virginia, 1862
Chapter 7. Confederate Jugernaughts: From Antietam to Stones River
Chapter 8. The War at Sea
Chapter 9. The Fight for Freedom
Chapter 10. The Diplomatic War
Chapter 11. Finance and Industry
Chapter 12. The Politics of Union
Chapter 13. The Politics of Rebellion
Chapter 14. Advance and Retreat: The Chancellorsville and Gettysburg Campaigns
Chapter 15. Pocketing the Key: The Vicksburg and Port Hudson Campaigns
Chapter 16. Shifting Fortunes in the West: The Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns
Chapter 17. The Other Participants
Chapter 18. Medical Care in the Civil War
Chapter 19. In the Hands of the Enemy
Chapter 20. The Irregular War
Chapter 21. The Bloody Road to Richmond: From the Wildnerness to Petersburg
Chapter 22. From Meridian to Atlanta
Chapter 23. The Rebellion's Last Gasp
Chapter 24. From Petersburg to Appomattox: The Final Campaigns
Chapter 25. Reconstructing the Nation
Chapter 26. The Long Shadow of War