Incredible Civil War


This book is filled with fascinating stories and revealing anecdotes centered around the U.S. Civil War.

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This book is filled with fascinating stories and revealing anecdotes centered around the U.S. Civil War.

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Civil War enthusiast and author Davis assembled a group of anecdotes on the war, printed here, that provides a ready source for trading tales at reenactments. The stories seem to have been culled from primary sources, lengthy passages from which are quoted, although their source is not cited. Includes some good-quality b&w reproductions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580800846
  • Publisher: Burford Books
  • Publication date: 2/27/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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Major Wilmer McLean might well have said, as tradition has it, The war began in my front yard and ended in my parlor. McLean, a well-to-do wholesale grocer from Alexandria, had retired in 1854 to a pleasant estate along Bull Run, near Manassas Junction, in Prince William County, Virginia. He had made many improvements on the plantation, including a massive stone barn. The place was known as Yorkshire, for the home county of a previous owner, Colonel Richard Blackburn, a migrant Englishman. Roads in the neighborhood led to the nearby rail line and important villages, and several crossed Bull Run not far from the farmhouse. One of these crossings was McLean's Ford. In May, 1861, the line of Bull Run was occupied by Confederate troops to guard against an expected Federal thrust from Washington. Many regiments camped on or near Yorkshire, and Camp Wigfall was established on its southernmost acres. Just behind McLean's Ford and on either side, General J.R. Jones had his brigade raise earthworks which remain today-though much reduced by bulldozers-amid a housing development known as Yorkshire Village. On July 18, when Federals approached the site, General P.G.T. Beauregard, the Confederate commander, left his headquarters at a nearby farmhouse and went to Yorkshire. The general was riding the front lines at noon of that day when a Union shell dropped into a chimney of the McLean house, fell into the kitchen fireplace, and immediately exploded in a kettle of stew. The stew was splattered over the room and the luncheon menu for the general, his staff, and the McLean household was revised.
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Table of Contents

1 The Travail of Wilmer McLean 1
2 House Divided 5
3 Firsts 11
4 The First Battle 15
5 Mr. Lincoln's Beard 21
6 The Blockade 23
7 Music, Music 29
8 War in the Air 35
9 The Machine Gun 41
10 A General's Grammar 45
11 How Young They Were! 47
12 Famous Onlookers 55
13 Which War? 63
14 John Brown Ignites a War 67
15 The Widow Fritchie 71
16 Imported Warriors 75
17 The Rains Brothers 87
18 Riots on the Home Front 97
19 The Inner Man 103
20 Was Stonewall Jackson a Hypochondriac? 109
21 The Marvelous Ram Albemarle 113
22 Some Oddities of This Odd War 119
23 Spies at Work 129
24 The Gettysburg Address 135
25 The Hero of Gettysburg 139
26 Sex in the Civil War 143
27 The Submarine Hunley 151
28 Lincoln's Subs 159
29 What They Said About U.S. Grant 161
30 Dixie 167
31 Symbols of the Lost Cause 171
32 The Perfect Battle 183
33 The Human Side of Robert E. Lee 191
34 Aftermath-at-Arms 197
35 The Price in Blood 201
36 The War Is Not Over 207
37 Atrocities 215
38 The Folklore 221
Bibliography 233
Index 237
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