Confederate Charleston: An Illustrated History of the City and the People during the Civil Warby Robert N. Rosen
From secession to siege to surrender, Confederate Charleston recounts the dramatic history of the city that witnessed some of the Civil War's most noteworthy events. Robert Rosen's lavishly illustrated chronicle presents a multi-faceted view of the city where the first shots were fired and of the diverse population, both military and civilian, that flowed through Charleston before, during, and after the Civil War.
Known as the birthplace of the Confederacy, Charleston hosted the tumultuous Democratic Party National Convention of April 1860 as well as the secession convention that met later that year. In addition to serving as the testing ground for brutal warfare tactics, the port saw the commencement of hostilities, the battle for Battery Wagner and Morris Island, and the longest siege of the war. Rosen devotes entire chapters to these episodes and incorporates commentaries gleaned from diaries, letters, and newspapers.
Featuring more than 150 drawings, photographs, and paintings-many of which have never before been published-Confederate Charleston includes biographical sketches of important Civil War personalities: P.G.T. Beauregard, the revered Confederate general; Robert Barnwell Rhett, the "Father of Secession"; Angelina Grimké, an outspoken Charleston abolitionist; and Robert Smalls, the Civil War's first African-American hero. In addition to profiling the famous, the volume enumerates the wartime contributions of women, Jews, African Americans, Irish Americans, and other groups.
Meet the Author
Robert N. Rosen is a third-generation Charleston native, an attorney who holds degrees in history from Harvard University and the University of Virginia, and author of A Short History of Charleston.
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