Secret Lives of the Civil War: What Your Teachers Never Told You About the War Between the States

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Legendary Heroes of U.S. History—As You’ve Never Seen Them Before!
 
Secret Lives of the Civil War features irreverent and uncensored profiles of men and women from the Union and the Confederacy—complete with hundreds of little-known and downright bizarre facts. You’ll discover that:
 
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Overview

Legendary Heroes of U.S. History—As You’ve Never Seen Them Before!
 
Secret Lives of the Civil War features irreverent and uncensored profiles of men and women from the Union and the Confederacy—complete with hundreds of little-known and downright bizarre facts. You’ll discover that:
 
     •  Mary Todd Lincoln claimed to receive valuable military strategies from ghosts in the spirit
        world.
     •  Jefferson Davis once imported camels for soldiers stationed in the American southwest.
     •  Ulysses S. Grant spent much of the Vicksburg campaign on a horse named “Kangaroo.”
     •  James Longstreet fought the Battle of Antietam wearing carpet slippers.
     •  William T. Sherman was the victim of two shipwrecks on the same day.
     •  Harriet Tubman experienced frequent and bizarre hallucinations.
     •  Stonewall Jackson was a notorious hypochondriac (he always sat up straight, fearing that
        slouching would compress his vital organs).
 
With chapters on everyone from William Quantrill (a guerilla leader whose skull later ended up in the basement of a fraternity house) to Rose O’Neal Greenhow (perhaps the South’s most glamorous spy), Secret Lives of the Civil War features a mix of famous faces and unsung heroes. American history was never this much fun in school!

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  • ISBN-13: 9781594741388
  • Publisher: Quirk Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/24/2007
  • Series: Secret Lives Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 434,158
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Cormac O’Brien is the author of Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents and Secret Lives of the First Ladies. He lives in New Jersey.

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  • Posted December 17, 2008

    O Cormac O'Brian's book is a hit!

    Cormac O'Brian's book, "The Secret Lives of the Civil War" is a great book for those of us who, even if used to reading long, drawn out historical novels and reference books, to read! This light-hearted approach to Civil War history takes a very fun, often comical view of one of the defining moments in American History. The book is broken up into two parts, The Union, and the Confederacy. The book is unbiased in its approach and looks more at the stories and times of each of the characters background, not the authors personal feeling. This is a great read for serious historical readers and armchair historians alike. Therefore, I give this book my wholehearted recommendation.

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