Terrible Swift Sword

Terrible Swift Sword

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by Bruce Catton
     
 

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The second episode in this award-winning trilogy impressively shows how the Union and Confederacy, slowly and inexorably, reconciled themselves to an all-out war—an epic struggle for freedom.

In Terrible Swift Sword, Bruce Catton tells the story of the Civil War as never before—of two turning points which changed the scope and meaning of

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The second episode in this award-winning trilogy impressively shows how the Union and Confederacy, slowly and inexorably, reconciled themselves to an all-out war—an epic struggle for freedom.

In Terrible Swift Sword, Bruce Catton tells the story of the Civil War as never before—of two turning points which changed the scope and meaning of the war. First, he describes how the war slowly but steadily got out of control. This would not be the neat, short, “limited” war both sides had envisioned. And then the author reveals how the sweeping force of all-out conflict changed the war’s purpose, in turning it into a war for human freedom.

It was not initially a war against slavery. Instead, this was, Mr. Lincoln kept insisting, a fight to reunite the United States. At first, it was not even much of a fight. Cautious generals; inexperienced, incompetent, or jealous administrators; shortages of good people and supplies; excess of both gloom and optimism, kept each side from swinging into decisive action. As the buildup began, there were maddening delays. The earliest engagements were halting and inconclusive. After these first tests at arms, reputations began to crumble. Buell, Halleck, Beauregard Albert Sidney Johnston. Failed to drive ahead—for reasons good and bad. General McClellan (impaled in these pages on the arrogant words of his letters) captured more imaginations than enemies, and continued to accept serious over estimates of Confederate strength while becoming more and more fatally estranged from his own government.

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Released in 1961 and 1963, respectively, these are the first two volumes in Catton's exhaustive trilogy on the Civil War. Fury traces the events that led to war during the 12 months prior to actual combat. Sword dissects the combatants reassessment of their positions and strategies during early skirmishes. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307833068
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/24/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
335,460
File size:
7 MB

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Terrible Swift Sword: The Centennial History of the Civil War, Volume 2 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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This volume of the trilogy effectively illustrates the key battles of the war in all theaters. Catton provides a glimpse into the military leadership issues that both sides had to manage. He also provides insight into the direct involvement of both Presidents Lincoln and Davis in the conduct of the war. As one reads the descriptions of the battles included, it at times is amazing that either side ultimately won the war. Catton also gives the reader a feel for the impact of the war on the civilian populations of the battlefield areas. His descriptions of the carnage of the war and its impact on the countryside and the economies of both sides is truly enlightening.
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