A Short History of the Civil War: Ordeal by Fire

A Short History of the Civil War: Ordeal by Fire

Fletcher Pratt

Language: English

Pages: 325

ISBN: 0486297020

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Best one-volume history brings the events, figures, and battles of monumental conflict vividly to life. Absorbing details of military campaigns, battlefield strategies, and personalities revealed in an audacious style that carries readers breathlessly along from the day of Lincoln's inauguration to Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House.

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army from Cold Harbor and intrenched a long staggering line from the point of Riddell’s Shop to the James, with Malvern Hill its southern bastion. The rebels spent the day digging in while a heavy skirmisher fire rattled down the new front. At twilight Beauregard telegraphed from Petersburg that he, too, was hard pressed; next morning he sent a staff officer to tell Lee that Union troops were crossing the James. “He must be in error,” answered Lee. “They are probably some of Butler’s men

cavalry of Cedar Creek behind him, 13,000 strong; he had charge of the whole movement as Grant’s deputy, who had been urging just this move for three weeks, pacing the headquarters floor like a hound in leash—“I tell you I’m ready to strike out now and smash them up. Let me go! Let me go!” Lee noted the signs of movement in the lines opposite, penetrated Grant’s design as Grant had penetrated his. Bold and skillful to the last, he scraped up every battalion he could gather and, placing 15,000

Pillow, Gideon J., Confederate general, 58 Pine Barrens of Tennessee, 242–243; map 241 Pine Mt, Ga., 300, 301; battle of, 300–301; maps 295, 299 Pinkerton, William J., detective, 3, 4, 14 Pinkerton reports, 36 Pipe Creek, 208; map 205 Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., battle of, see Shiloh Pleasanton, Alfred, Union general, 194, 305 Pleasants, Union colonel, 350 Po river, Va., 314; maps 313, 315, 316 Polk, Leonidas, Confederate general and bishop, 16, 51, 53; in Chickamauga campaign, 242, 246,

cartoons, and the more he looked at that sea-serpent, the better he liked it. When the Confederacy advertised for privateers to prey on Northern commerce, Lincoln’s answer was to proclaim the entire coastline of the seceded states under blockade. A development that pleased Jefferson Davis very much. That bloodless pedant never worried over anything but defective reasoning. Lincoln’s mental processes seemed to him hopelessly confused and untidy; they had now led the abolitionist monster into the

made ready to receive the Yankees in style. On May 5 Magruder evacuated before the siege-lines got tight enough to pinch; McClellan went swinging up the Peninsula behind him, established a base of supplies at West Point on the York and thrust his pickets to Seven Pines, five miles out of Richmond. He had reached the anticipated position and was cheerful over it to the correspondents, quite neglecting the fact that the rebels were before him and full of fight instead of making a desperate march

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