Best Little Stories from the Civil War: More Than 100 True Stories

Best Little Stories from the Civil War: More Than 100 True Stories

C. Brian Kelly

Language: English

Pages: 312

ISBN: 1402239106

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The Civil WAR You Never Knew...

Behind the bloody battles, strategic marches, and decorated generals lie more than 100 intensely personal, true stories you haven't heard before. In Best Little Stories from the Civil War, soldiers describe their first experiences in battle, women observe the advances and retreats of armies, spies recount their methods, and leaders reveal the reasoning behind many of their public actions. Fascinating characters come to life, including:

Former U.S. Senator Robert Toombs of Georgia, who warned the Confederate cabinet not to fall for Lincoln's trap by firing on reinforcements, thereby allowing Lincoln to claim the South had fired the first shots of the war at Fort Sumter.

Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut, who disbanded the 13th Independent Battery, Ohio Light Artillery, scattered its men, gave its guns to other units, and ordered its officers home, accusing all of cowardly performance in battle.

Thomas N. Conrad, a Confederate spy operating in Washington, who warned Richmond of both the looming Federal Peninsula campaign in the spring of 1863 and the attack at Fredericksburg later that year.

Private Franklin Thomson of Michigan, born as Sarah Emma Edmonds, who fought in uniform for the Union during the war and later was the only female member of the postwar Union Grand Army of the Republic.

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filling it and holding it half-lifted to his mouth, but never tasting it.” The same slow-eater “seemed very intent on what we and the children were saying.” He was so disconcerting that Julia Grant thought he was “crazy.” When Julia asked Mrs. Rawlins to take a furtive look at the four men, she agreed that there was “something peculiar about them.” Julia then suggested they might be Southern partisans, “a part of Mosby’s guerrillas.” She told her friend the suspect men “have been listening to

seemed to soften the antagonism some still held for Varina. “People do not snub me any longer,” she wrote to Mary Chesnut, “for it was only while the lion was dying that he was kicked; dead, he was beneath contempt.” And an afterthought: “Not to say I am worthy to be called a lion, nor are the people here asses.” Varina was underestimating herself, for if not a lion, she had the heart and courage of one. She continued to give her strong shoulder to Jefferson as disaster begat disaster on the war

reading public for which we, the authors, are exceedingly grateful. While hoping our latest set of readers will enjoy our approach to history, I can still wonder, as I did in the introduction to our 1998 edition: Is journalism but a facet of history, or is history but another form of journalism? C. Brian Kelly Charlottesville, Virginia, 2010 Select Guide to Battles & Personalities BATTLES ANTIETAM AND SOUTH MOUNTAIN: see “Shot for You”; No Whizz, Bang Heard ATLANTA: see Fate Makes a

by Bailey’s Cross-Roads to Fairfax Court House, about 18 miles through a country completely devastated, it having been in turn held by both armies several times during the last eighteen months. Fairfax is an old town built mainly of stone and brick, and seems to be nearly or quite one century old.” And from a tour later the same year, more Garfield observations on the future site of today’s Arlington National Cemetery: “We took the carriage and went across the Potomac to Arlington Heights,

Said a friendly onlooker, Union Lieutenant Cuthbert W. Laing of the nearby 2nd Michigan Battery: “They had just got unlimbered when one of their caissons was shivered to pieces, and the horses on one of the guns took fright and ran through our lines. All then left the battery without firing a shot.” Other Union artillerymen, it seems, ran forward, cut loose the surviving horses, and spiked the guns left behind by the 13th Battery, which suffered one man killed and eight wounded. The day wore

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