1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History

1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History

by Charles Bracelen Flood


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1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History by Charles Bracelen Flood

At the beginning of 1864, the Civil War was far from won; terrible and bloody Union setbacks and casualties lay ahead. But as Lincoln and the nation ended the year, the war’s end was in sight and slavery was on the verge of extinction. And, despite all the turmoil of war and political infighting, Lincoln also set the stage for a new era of westward expansion. .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416552291
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 02/16/2010
Pages: 521
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.33(d)

About the Author

Charles Bracelen Flood (1929-2014) wrote fifteen books, including Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War and Rise, and Fight Again: Perilous Times Along the Road to Independence, winner of an American Revolution Round Table Award.

Mel Foster, an audiobook narrator since 2002, won an Audie Award for Finding God in Unexpected Places by Philip Yancey. He has also won several AudioFile Earphones Awards. Best known for mysteries, Mel has also narrated classic authors such as Thoreau, Nabokov, and Whitman.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Beleaguered Giant 1

Chapter 2 Steering into a Stormy Year 33

Chapter 3 Lincoln Juggles in the "Shop"; Grant Comes East 52

Chapter 4 On the Verge of the Great Collision 65

Chapter 5 Troubled Military and Political Campaigns 98

Chapter 6 Trimming the Political Tree 118

Chapter 7 "I Begin to See It"-The Elusive "It" 145

Chapter 8 A Pretty Place from Which to Drop into a Dark, Dramatic Summer 174

Chapter 9 Trying to Pick Up the Military and Political Pieces 208

Chapter 10 August: The Darkest Month 245

Chapter 11 Six Words from Sherman 279

Chapter 12 Sheridan Goes In; Lincoln Gets Out the Vote 291

Chapter 13 The Final Mile to the Polls: Rocks, Smooth Places, Puzzles 344

Chapter 14 The Forty-eight-Hour Election Day 362

Chapter 15 An Epic Year Begins Its Dramatic Close 379

Chapter 16 Lincoln's Last Christmas 410

Chapter 17 Goodbye, Mr. Lincoln 422

Notes 435

Bibliography 475

Acknowledgments 493

Index 499

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"The book is as adept at analyzing Lincoln's choices as at showing what they meant to his ravaged nation." —-The New York Times

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1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have spent the year reading everything I could get my hands on about Abraham Lincoln. As the most popular subject(person) of all time to write about, I understand that it is tough to find new information on Lincoln. Concentrating on the last full year of his life was an interesting angle. If a person chooses this book to read, I am sure he or she would enjoy it. The writing is fluid and easy to read. The storytelling aspect is readable, but somewhat choppy. If a person were to choose one book to read about Abraham Lincoln, I would recommend Ron White's recently published biography.
HerbSloan More than 1 year ago
1864 is an excellent work on Lincoln and the last year of the Civil War. The reader gets a more indepth view of Lincoln, the man, the president & the politician. This book isn't a glossy hero worshiping bio but a well researched and developed American history book. This work is one of those I'll keep on the bookshelf.
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Booknut62 More than 1 year ago
Flood's book presents many engaging stories of Lincoln's final year or so as president. The Lincoln stories abound in this volume. Many of them illustrate the character of man who found himself in one of those trying times as leader during difficulties. This book is a slow, plodding read, but in the end, it adds so much more to what we know about Lincoln.
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