The Civil War in the East (1861-July 1863)

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The first two years of the Civil War in the East encompassed some of the most sweeping battles of the entire war. One need only think of fights such as Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Antietam, First and Second Bull Run, and Gettysburg to realize how important those years were. Union and Confederate armies locked in a death grip at these places and fundamentally changed the way the Civil War was fought. Dale Anderson addresses this theater of operations and time period. Anderson begins by relating the series of unfortunate events that led to the conflict. Then Anderson systematically recounts the main battles and the leadership that occurred during the momentous opening phases of the war in the East. Throughout this book Anderson incorporates primary source visual imagery, illustrative maps, as well as interesting inserts that specifically highlight the words and deeds of participants. This style works well and, in the end, produces a textbook effect that will interest and inform youngsters with an interest in Civil War history. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Each of these slim titles effectively explores one broad aspect of the Civil War. Home Fronts examines the lives of civilians and the political challenges facing both North and South, including the issue of slavery. The other titles focus on the major battles and leaders. Though brief, the books include a good amount of detail for beginning researchers. Colored boxes highlight additional facts about specific individuals or events associated with the war. Readers will appreciate the many period photographs and reproductions that enhance the texts. At times, the color battle maps can be confusing, but, for the most part, they aid in readers' understanding of the conflicts. Anderson's narratives flow well with interesting tidbits included, although the conclusion in each title is abrupt. For readers looking for a single-volume overview of the Civil War, try James M. McPherson's excellent Fields of Fury (Atheneum, 2002).-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Library, UT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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