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The Civil War: The Second Year Told By Those Who Lived It (LOA #221) (Library of America: The Civil War Collection Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- File size : 4334 KB
- Publication date : March 1, 2012
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Library of America (March 1, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Print length : 735 pages
- ASIN : B007RCT87K
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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A deft hand was at work here selecting telling passages from many different authors on many different incidents throughout a bloody 1862. Adhering roughly to chronological order, this book gives one an idea of the Civil War from multiple perspectives: the North and South; the common soldier and commanding general; civilians and politicians; slaves and masters; nurses; newspaper editorial writers; and European leaders. Informational notes to text are nicely and quietly done, while the selected authors are allowed to speak directly to us without modern filters.
This composite effort should inspire many of its readers to seek out other, more complete, histories on some of the key battles of 1862, such as Antietam and Fredericksburg, and biographies on that year's vivid wartime personalities, for example on the difficult General George McClellan. And, in my view, many would truly benefit from additional reading on the powerful political and social forces that led that year to the Emancipation Proclamation.
If you want to know why Abraham Lincoln eventually won the battle of ideas, compare the short examples provided here of his clear, powerful prose to that of Jefferson Davis.
I think Stephen W. Sears, this volume's editor, deserves awards.
The first entry is from January 1862, with Frederick Douglass' article in his own journal. It ends with a series of comments from different actors on January 1, 1863. Lincoln's "Emancipation Proclamation" is included.
All in all, this is a valuable source of first person reflections on the sanguinary struggle. Going through this volume, entry by entry, provides a vivid sense of how individuals saw what was happening.
For those interested in the Civil War, this is a genuinely useful item for one's library.
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As with the first volume, I did not find all the pieces of equal merit - this is partly because I found the political developments more interesting than the accounts of battles. Also it's just the case that the established writers do, for the most part, just write much better than their amateur counterparts. But this is a very impressive collection - and I found myself warming to volume 2 (on the basis of just skimming pieces of less interest to me) even more than to volume 1.
So: recommended to other readers, though with the caveats above.
plantation, the women and children left behind to take care of family farms and homes, the ordinary soldier and officer
and what went into maintaining both sides of the conflict. The book tells a story and the editors do not choose sides but
let each chapter,written by the people involved,tell their views on the war and which way it is headed.
The book adds substance to the people we already knew but wanted to know more. I have purchased all 3 in the series
and will looking forward to the final book in the series. I think anybody with an interest in the Civil War would enjoy this