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"Of more than one thousand battles fought during the war," William
C. Davis notes, "a few have risen to lasting fascination and prominence,
some even regarded as 'turning points.' The battles included in this book are those that caused the greatest casualties, produced the greatest feats of heroism,
and won or lost major campaigns. They decided the course of the war in the East and the West, set the standard for valor and sacrifice, defined who the American soldier was to be in this war and in the future, and established the American military tradition."
This volume presents accounts of five Confederate victories (Fort Sumter, First
Manassas, Fredericksburg, Chickamauga, and Franklin), five Union victories (New
Orleans, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, and Nashville), and three stalemates
(Monitor v. Virginia, Antietam, and Charleston). Also included are chapters on solder life, the steadfast Iron Brigade, and the first volunteer African-American combat troops recruited in the North-the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry.
From the first shot in Charleston Harbor to the one-day decimation of the Southern army on the outskirts of Nashville, these pages are colored with the wide range of expectation and disappointment that frustrated the country during four years of war.
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About the Author
Brian C. Pohanka is a frequent lecturer and consultant for film and television productions on the Civil War, including Gettysburg and Andersonville. He was the series consultant to the History Channel's Civil War Journal. Pohanka is one of the nation's leading authorities on the life of the common soldier of the Civil War and is captain of the Fifth New York Zouaves living history organization. He is the author of Distant Thunder: A Photographic Essay on the American Civil War, The Civil War: An aerial Portrait, and Don Troiani's Civil War. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
Don Troiani is acclaimed for the accuracy, drama, and sensitivity of his depictions of the American past. His work is included in the collections of the National Park Service, West Point Military Academy, Parks of Canada, the Pentagon, and the Smithsonian. His Illustrations have appeared on the cover of Gettysburg magazine, in American Heritage and Smithsonian magazines, in television productions for NBC, CNN, A&E, and The History Channel. He is the military and art consultant for The History Channel's Civil War Journal. A collection of his art was published as Don Troiani's Civil War.
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