From Library Journal
Although its inhabitants were not uniform in opinion, New York City nevertheless played a major role in the Civil War. Spann (history, emeritus, Indiana State Univ.; Metropolis: New York City, 1840-1857) discusses the important part that the city played in the war, from sending a force to defend Washington, DC, against Confederate capture in the spring of 1861 to ultimate Union victory in April 1865. New York was ever present as a center of military manpower, the source of strong financial support, and a center of military supplies and naval shipbuilding. But New York also had strong Southern sympathies and commercial interests based on prewar business dealings with Southern plantation owners. As became clear in the terrible draft riots of 1863, many New Yorkers also held violently racist views and were hostile to the draft and to the abolition of slavery. Spann provides welcome insight into these matters in a clear, workmanlike writing style. Recommended for New York City and Civil War collections of academic libraries.Harry Frumerman, formerly with Hunter Coll., New York
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A readable account of the enormously important role that the nation's largest city played as an economic engine, a source of military manpower, the mediai center of the North, a boiling pot of ethnic and racial tensions, and a major headache as well as asset for the Lincoln administration. (James M. McPherson, author of Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam)
Edward K. Spann artfully shows both how the war transformed New York and how events in the nation's preeminent city influenced the course of the epic national struggle. His narrative reveals the tensions inherent in a northern city where political, economic, and racial factors bespoke lingering attachments to the South. (Roger Biles, East Carolina University)
An extremely readable overview of NYC's contributions to and experiences during the US Civil War. (CHOICE
Brimming with memorable tales of sacrifice, greed, ingenuity, and political mischief, Gotham at War
is our most rounded and readable account of New York's critical role in the defeat of the Confederacy. Every page is a revelation. (Edwin G. Burrows, co-author of Gotham:A History of New York City to 1898, winner of the Pulitzer Prize)