The Civil War was a tumultuous time of division across the United States. It was also a period of great conviction and contemplation by leaders, citizens, and soldiers on both sides of the conflict. In this compilation of Civil War writings, Dr. McCrystal provides readers with a unique insight into how the war affected both the notable and the ordinary citizen - physically, mentally, and emotionally. This invaluable collection of writings from diaries, letters, and speeches includes those of Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, Mary Todd Lincoln, and Booker T. Washington, to name a few. Whether enmeshed in the terror of fighting or reflecting on the war decades later, these selected first-person accounts of the war offer real perspective on the lives of the people who lived through this pivotal time in U.S. history.