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Explores the complexities of the Civil War era, detailing the political, economic, military, and human events of this tragic American conflict.

  • Personal and candid excerpts from diaries, newspapers, and songs illustrate the human meanings of the war.
  • Detailed examination of the chain of events in the contexts of the years leading up to the Civil War and follows the war's aftermath.
  • Reports on the home front where the impact of the Civil War was felt most.
In this engaging account of the Civil War, the war that Abraham Lincoln called in his Second Inaugural Address, "this terrible war," the authors take the readers beyond the flags and bugles to explore this event for what it was rather than for what many wish it had been. Ultimately set off by the Slavery Debate and the South's secession from the Union, the Civil War was a spiteful military campaign of countryman vs. countryman, and resulted in enormous casualties and dire consequences for the Northern and Southern Armies. The authors thoroughly explore the political, economic, and social chain of events that led up to the war; the chaos and destruction which resulted from political inexperience with waging a war of this magnitude; and the ultimate failure of Reconstruction effort to produce racial justice. With maps to guide the reader through the major battles, and period photographs which show both the military and the human side of the conflict, This Terrible War provides the reader with a unique view of a complex American tragedy in the context of the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.

Michael Fellman is Professor of History and Director of the GraduateLiberal Studies Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Among his earlier books are Inside War: The Guerrilla Conflict in Missouri During the American Civil War; Citizen Sherman: A Biography of William T. Sherman; and The Making of Robert E. Lee.

Daniel E. Sutherland is a professor of history at the University of Arkansas. He is the author or editor of eleven other books about Nineteenth-Century United States history, including Seasons of War: The Ordeal of a Confederate Community, and Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville: The Dare Mark Campaign.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321125583
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue to Civil War: John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry 1
Pt. I Before the War 11
1 Commonalities and Conflict: Slavery and the American Republic 11
2 Political Collapse: 1848-1860 40
Pt. II Civil War 76
3 Southerners Secede and Amateurs Go to War: December 1860-December 1861 76
4 Discovering the Scope of the War: 1861-1862 109
5 Reckoning with Slavery, Reckoning with Freedom 141
6 Attack and Die: November 1862-January 1863 168
7 The Other War 194
8 An Inconclusive Year: 1863 225
9 A War of Exhaustion: 1864-1865 259
Pt. III Aftermath of War 292
10 Mixed Messages from the Victors: Northern Politics and Southern Reconstruction: 1863-1868 292
11 White and Black Reconstruction in the South: 1865-1872 317
12 Destroying Reconstruction 346
Epilogue: Remembering and Forgetting the Civil War 374
Selected Bibliography 383
Credits 401
Index 402
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