SUMTER: THE FIRST DAY OF THE CIVIL WAR

SUMTER: THE FIRST DAY OF THE CIVIL WAR

by Robert Hendrickson
     
 

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This in-depth look at the events leading to and encompassing the first battle of the War Between the States shows the courage and cowardice, profundity and folly of both sides in the first battle of the bloodiest war in American history. Robert Hendrickson's many years of research based on sources North and South have resulted in a fascinating look at the political… See more details below

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This in-depth look at the events leading to and encompassing the first battle of the War Between the States shows the courage and cowardice, profundity and folly of both sides in the first battle of the bloodiest war in American history. Robert Hendrickson's many years of research based on sources North and South have resulted in a fascinating look at the political and personal conflicts that led toward the inevitable in 1861.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
In this popular, anecdotal brew, Hendrickson relates the incidents and personalities of the secession crisis of 1860-61. There is nothing new in interpretation or significant in information. The author repeats myths, provides engaging thumbnail sketches of the players without discrimination as to their importance, commits some errors in fact, and argues by innuendo. In Hendrickson's view, the South comes off badly (too eager), and the whole Sumter affair stands as a false prelude to a terrible war, for at Sumter honor and romantic notions of war played out to almost farcical levels. Hendrickson has a sprightly style and a lively sense of humor, but libraries with W.A. Swanberg's popular and still readable First Blood (1957) will not need this. Randall Miller, History Dept., St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812831115
Publisher:
Stein & Day
Publication date:
04/15/1990
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.99(d)

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