Ending the Civil War: The Bloody Year from Grant's Promotion to Lincoln's Assassination

Overview

Dramatically and authentically, using eyewitness accounts where possible, this book recounts the final 13 months of the Civil War, a year in which a new U.S. Army general in chief was appointed, a new course for the war was charted, a massive new campaign was begun, the abolition of slavery was confirmed by the re-election of Abraham Lincoln, and the course of history was altered by the assassination of America's most revered president. It was the year that the United States won the final battle and the year that...

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Overview

Dramatically and authentically, using eyewitness accounts where possible, this book recounts the final 13 months of the Civil War, a year in which a new U.S. Army general in chief was appointed, a new course for the war was charted, a massive new campaign was begun, the abolition of slavery was confirmed by the re-election of Abraham Lincoln, and the course of history was altered by the assassination of America's most revered president. It was the year that the United States won the final battle and the year that the sundered nation was reunited. The book describes those events and the key figures in them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786469642
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/9/2012
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Formerly with the New York Times and the Saturday Evening Post, Benton Rain Patterson is an emeritus associate professor of journalism at the University of Florida.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Change of Command, March 1864 3

2 The Plan for Victory, March 23 to May 3, 1864 10

3 The Massacre, March 25 to April 13, 1864 17

4 Lee, April 1864 29

5 The Grant Offensive Begins, May 2 to May 7, 1864 33

6 The Red River Debacle, March 2 to May 21, 1864 46

7 Death at Spotsylvania, May 7 to May 19, 1864 56

8 Repulse at Cold Harbor, May 21 to June 12, 1864 64

9 The Georgia Invasion, May 4 to July 17, 1864 73

10 General Sigel and the Battle of New Market, May 15, 1864 87

11 The End of the CSS Alabama, June 11 to June 19, 1864 96

12 General Hunter's War, May 21 to June 30, 1864 106

13 Petersburg, June 12 to June 18, 1864 115

14 The March to Washington, June 23 to July 12, 1864 123

15 The Mining Disaster, June 21 to July 30, 1864 131

16 Damn the Torpedoes, August 4 to August 5, 1864 138

17 Stalemate at Atlanta, July 17 to August 23, 1864 149

18 Adanta Is Burning, August 24 to November 16, 1864 160

19 Sheridan in the Valley, July 31, 1864, to March 2, 1865 171

20 The Presidential Election, June 8 to November 8, 1864 188

21 Across the Mississippi, May to December 1864 199

22 Hood's Last Campaign, October 15,1864, to January 23, 1865 209

23 The March to the Sea, November 16 to December 21, 1864 221

24 The Fight for Fort Fisher, December 24, 1864, to January 15, 1865 235

25 Sherman in the Carolinas, January 21 to March 24, 1865 247

26 The Fall of Petersburg and the Capture of Richmond, March 25 to April 3, 1865 259

27 The Meeting at the McLean House, April 9, 1865 269

28 The Assassination, April 14, 1865 282

29 The Beginning of Peace 294

Chapter Notes 305

Bibliography 321

Index 325

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