This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War

This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War

by James M. McPherson
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Oxford University Press, USA
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This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War

The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom and the New York Times bestsellers Crossroads of Freedom and Tried by War, among many other award-winning books, James M. McPherson is America's preeminent Civil War historian. In this collection of provocative and illuminating essays, McPherson offers fresh insight into many of the enduring questions about one of the defining moments in our nation's history.

McPherson sheds light on topics large and small, from the average soldier's avid love of newspapers to the postwar creation of the mystique of a Lost Cause in the South. Readers will find insightful pieces on such intriguing figures as Harriet Tubman, John Brown, Jesse James, and William Tecumseh Sherman, and on such vital issues as Confederate military strategy, the failure of peace negotiations to end the war, and the realities and myths of the Confederacy. This Mighty Scourge includes several never-before-published essays—pieces on General Robert E. Lee's goals in the Gettysburg campaign, on Lincoln and Grant in the Vicksburg campaign, and on Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief. All of the essays have been updated and revised to give the volume greater thematic coherence and continuity, so that it can be read in sequence as an interpretive history of the war and its meaning for America and the world.

Combining the finest scholarship with luminous prose, and packed with new information and fresh ideas, this book brings together the most recent thinking by the nation's leading authority on the Civil War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195313666
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/06/2007
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 680,009
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Slavery and the Coming of War
And the War Game     3
Escape and Revolt in Black and White     21
The Lost Cause Revisited
The Confederacy: A House Divided?     43
Was the Best Defense a Good Offense? Jefferson Davis and Confederate Strategies     51
The Saratoga That Wasn't: The Impact of Antietam Abroad     65
To Conquer a Peace? Lee's Goals in the Gettysburg Campaign     77
The Last Rebel: Jesse James     87
Long-Legged Yankee Lies: The Lost Gause Textbook Crusade     93
Architects of Victory
"We Stand by Each Other Always": Grant and Sherman     109
The Hard Hand of War     123
Unvexed to the Sea: Lincoln, Grant, and the Vicksburg Campaign     131
Home Front and Battle Front
Brahmins at War     145
"Spend Much Time in Reading the Daily Papers": The Press and Army Morale in the Civil War     155
No Peace Without Victory, 1861-1865     167
To Remember That He Had Lived     187
"As Commander-in-Chief I Have a Right to Take Any Measure Which May Best Subdue the Enemy"     209
Notes     223
Index     253

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It¿s fall 2007 and time again for another episode of ¿Let¿s Kick the Southerners: or, Did I Mention I Was Right the First Time?¿ based on the book This Mighty Scourge. Forget that the northern slave traders made a killing off the slave trade without any scruples or ethical concerns. Forget that northern soldiers didn¿t want to fight alongside their black compatriots. Forget that the worst race riots in our nation¿s history were in the north. Forget that Southern women held ¿The Cause¿ in higher regard than the lives of their own sons. Forget that the war was one of attrition and superior northern technology. Forget all these things as northern historians jockey for position to slam the South into submission once again. The same cast of characters and plots return for another fun-filled season of Southern stupidity and bigotry. Directed by Ken Burns.