Never Call Retreat: The Centennial History of the Civil War Series, Volume 3 (Barnes & Noble Edition)

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In Never Call Retreat, the concluding volume of Bruce Catton’s Civil War trilogy, he covers the most bitter years of the war, when death stalked the country with a brutality unparalleled in the United States. In the North, Lincoln remained resolute in the belief that “a house divided against itself cannot stand,” while in the hopelessly fragmented and underdeveloped South, Jefferson Davis struggled valiantly for political and economic stability.

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In Never Call Retreat, the concluding volume of Bruce Catton’s Civil War trilogy, he covers the most bitter years of the war, when death stalked the country with a brutality unparalleled in the United States. In the North, Lincoln remained resolute in the belief that “a house divided against itself cannot stand,” while in the hopelessly fragmented and underdeveloped South, Jefferson Davis struggled valiantly for political and economic stability.

Tracing the war from Fredericksburg, to a courthouse at Appomattox, to the end of the Confederacy, and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Bruce Catton concludes his thrillingly readable account of the American Civil War.

 
 
"...one of the great historical accomplishments of our time...will have an enduring place in our national records."—New York Times.

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Bruce Catton (1899-1978) attended Oberlin College and then entered a varied career as a journalist (1926-1942) and public official (1942-1952). His service with the War Production Board led him to write his first book, War Lords of Washington, in 1948. After 1952, he devoted himself to full-time literary work, serving as an editor of American Heritage magazine. Catton has written extensively about the military history of the Civil War. In 1954, he received the Pulitzer Prize for his historical work, A Stillness at Appomattox (1953).

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
List of Maps xiii
Chapter 1 In the Rapids
1. Castles in the Air 1
2. Battle without Logic 12
3. The Politics of War 24
4. In the Mists at Stone's River 35
5. Paralysis of Command 47
6. A Question of Control 56
Chapter 2 Parting of the Red Sea Waves
1. The Land of Cotton 70
2. In Motion in All Directions 80
3. The Needs of Two Armies 92
4. A Bridge for the Moderates 102
5. The Way of the Liberated 111
Chapter 3 Remorseless Revolutionary Struggle
1. Ironclads at Charleston 122
2. Men Trained for Command 133
3. The Darkness, and Jackson, and Fear 144
4. Aftermath of Victory 156
5. Mirage on the Skyline 167
6. Encounter at Gettysburg 178
Chapter 4 In Letters of Blood
1. All or Nothing 193
2. The Notion of Equality 206
3. Servants of the Guns 217
4. The Road to Zion 227
5. A Mad Irregular Battle 238
6. 37,000 Plus One 251
Chapter 5 The Impossibilities
1. The Impassable Gulf 266
2. Eloquence at Gettysburg 276
3. Amnesty and Suffrage 285
4. Solitary in a Crowd 295
5. The General and the Statesman 306
Chapter 6 Act of Faith
1. The Last Barrier 317
2. Sideshows 330
3. The Cork in the Bottle 343
4. However Bold We Might Be 354
5. Vested Interest in Failure 369
6. A Grand Simplicity of Purpose 383
Chapter 7 His Almost Chosen People
1. Appeal Against the Thunderstorm 396
2. What Have You Done? 407
3. Too Late 419
4. None Shall Be Weary 430
5. As in the Old Days 444
6. To the Dark Indefinite Shore 457
Notes 471
Bibliography 517
Acknowledgments 535
Index 537
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2010

    Never Call Retreat if you expect to defeat the enemy.

    A fitting conclusion to an excellent trilogy. Catton captures the full impact of the war on both sides and the nation as a whole. What started as the death throes of the southern cultural and economic system ends as the beginning of a new era in American history as the nation moves into the industrial age.

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