Miss Ravenel's Conversion from Secessions to Loyalty

Miss Ravenel's Conversion from Secessions to Loyalty

Gary Scharnhorst

Language: English

Pages: 544


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More panoramic in scope and more realistic in its details than Crane's Red Badge of Courage, this is one of the first and best novels ever written about the American Civil War

Drawing on his own combat experience with the Union forces, John W. De Forest crafted a war novel like nothing before it in the annals of American literature. His first-hand knowledge of "the wilderness of death" made its way on to the pages of his riveting novel with devastating effect. Whether depicting the tedium before combat, the unspoken horror of battle, or the grisly butchery of the field hospital, De Forest broke new ground, anticipating the realistic war writings of Ernest Hemingway, Norman Mailer, and Tim O'Brien.

A commercial failure in its own day, De Forest's story was praised by Henry James and William Dean Howells, who, comparing it favorably to War and Peace, acclaimed the book "one of the best American novels ever written."

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been obliged to reduce the garrison of New Orleans and of its vast exterior line of defences (a hundred miles from the city on every side) to the lowest point consistent with safety. Meantime Taylor reorganized the remnant of his beaten army, raised new levies by conscription, procured reinforcements from Texas, and resumed the offensive. Brashear City on the Atchafalaya, with its immense mass of commissary stores, and garrison of raw Nine Months’ men, was captured by surprise. A smart little

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him an idea!” laughed the father. “Why, he looks as if he had been thinking for centuries. He looks five thousand years old.” Seeing that Lillie began to weary, the old Doctor replaced the deity on the pillow which served him for an altar, and turned the male worshipers out of the room. “How delighted they are with him!” she said when the door had closed behind them. “Doctor, isn’t he an uncommonly handsome child?” she added with the adorable simplicity of perfect love. “I thought babies were

Sabine Cross Roads: Site of Banks’s defeat, with casualties amounting to about 2,200 soldiers, on April 8, 1864. 5 General was beaten: Banks was essentially removed from command on May 13; a majority of the Committee on the Conduct of the War subsequently found him at fault in the failure of the Red River expedition. 6 Pleasant Hill: site of a fierce battle on April 9, 1864, near Sabine Cross Roads, in which both armies claimed victory. 7 Tortugas: an island in the Florida Keys, site of a

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