Bearss presents the story of the Civil War as he has in the battlefield tours he has conducted for many years. A former chief historian of the National Parks Service, he chronicles 14 crucial battles, including Fort Sumter, Shiloh, Antietam, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Sherman's march through the Carolinas, and Appomattox, the battles ranging between 1861 and 1865; included is an introductory chapter describing John Brown's raid in October 1859. Bearss relates the details of terrain and tactics and of personalities and command decisions; he personalizes generals and politicians, sergeants and privates. The text is augmented by 80 black-and-white photographs and 19 maps. A chance to tour battlefields without leaving home. George CohenCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
"Every epic deserves a Homer. In Ed Bearss, the Civil War may have finally gotten one." The Washington Times
"[Bearss] evokes almost hallucinatory sensations on the battlefield" The Wall Street JournalFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Edwin C. Bearss is legendary among serious scholars and Civil War buffs alike. The former Chief Historian of the National Park Service and its current historian emeritus, Bearss' renowned tours of America's battlefields feature a uniquely engaging panache that has inspired a legion of fans. He has consulted on numerous books, documentaries, and films including Gods and Generals
and Ken Burns' The Civil War.
The author of 13 books, he has been honored many times for his tireless advocacy of the historical preservation of Civil War battlefield sites.