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In the Presence of Mine Enemies: The Civil War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863
     

In the Presence of Mine Enemies: The Civil War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863

by Edward L. Ayers
 

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ISBN-10: 0393326012

ISBN-13: 9780393326017

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

Winner of the Bancroft Prize: Through a gripping narrative based on massive new research, a leading historian reshapes our understanding of the Civil War.
Our standard Civil War histories tell a reassuring story of the triumph, in an inevitable conflict, of the dynamic, free-labor North over the traditional, slave-based South, vindicating the freedom

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Winner of the Bancroft Prize: Through a gripping narrative based on massive new research, a leading historian reshapes our understanding of the Civil War.
Our standard Civil War histories tell a reassuring story of the triumph, in an inevitable conflict, of the dynamic, free-labor North over the traditional, slave-based South, vindicating the freedom principles built into the nation's foundations.
But at the time, on the borderlands of Pennsylvania and Virginia, no one expected war, and no one knew how it would turn out. The one certainty was that any war between the states would be fought in their fields and streets.
Edward L. Ayers gives us a different Civil War, built on an intimate scale. He charts the descent into war in the Great Valley spanning Pennsylvania and Virginia. Connected by strong ties of every kind, including the tendrils of slavery, the people of this borderland sought alternatives to secession and war. When none remained, they took up war with startling intensity. As this book relays with a vivid immediacy, it came to their doorsteps in hunger, disease, and measureless death. Ayers's Civil War emerges from the lives of everyday people as well as those who helped shape history—John Brown and Frederick Douglass, Lincoln, Jackson, and Lee. His story ends with the valley ravaged, Lincoln's support fragmenting, and Confederate forces massing for a battle at Gettysburg.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393326017
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
471
Sales rank:
533,132
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxi
List of Mapsxv
Prefacexvii
Part 1Green Pastures and Still Waters - Fall 1859 to Fall 18601
Part 2Paths of Righteousness - Winter 1860 to Summer 186193
Part 3The Shadow of Death - Summer 1861 to Summer 1862189
Part 4The Presence of Mine Enemies - Fall 1862 to Summer 1863277
Coda416
Notes419
Acknowledgments455
Index459

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