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

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

by Dale Anderson
     
 

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The border states of Kentucky and Missouri were an early focus of the politicians and generals of both the Union and the Confederacy, as each side wanted the support of those key states. The war in the West differed from that in the East -- Western commanders had to move troops over greater distances, and the armies were generally smaller in the West. For the soldiers…  See more details below

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The border states of Kentucky and Missouri were an early focus of the politicians and generals of both the Union and the Confederacy, as each side wanted the support of those key states. The war in the West differed from that in the East -- Western commanders had to move troops over greater distances, and the armies were generally smaller in the West. For the soldiers, much of the action consisted of control of railroads and rivers, especially the Mississippi River, to transport troops and supplies.

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Children's Literature
By and large, far more attention has been paid to studying the course of events that took place in the eastern theater of Civil War operations than in any other sector. Battles such as Antietam and Gettysburg stand at the apex of scholarship and have been given a broad range of literary attention. Yet, if you look at the facts in an unbiased manner, the events that unfolded in the western theater of operations had at least as much of an effect upon the final results of America's Civil War. In this volume in the World Almanac Library of the Civil War series, readers are given a look into how the war was fought in what was then called the West. There, at places like Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Stone's River and Vicksburg, the outcome of the Civil War largely unfolded. The western theater also featured some of the leading lights of the Civil War. It was in the West that Grant, Sherman, and Sheridan came to the forefront of national repute. In the end, western armies traveled contributed greatly to the war's ultimate outcome. The men and women who crafted that history are ably served via this illustrated book. This is a book that will appeal to youngsters who have even the slightest interest in this critical period in American history. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal - 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836855920
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Series:
World Almanac Library of the Civil War Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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