Never Call Retreat (The Centennial History of the Civil War, Volume 3)

Never Call Retreat (The Centennial History of the Civil War, Volume 3)

Bruce Catton

Language: English

Pages: 503

ISBN: 1842122916

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

"A magnificent stylist . . . a first-rate historian. Familiarity with subject matter resulting from many years of study and narrative talents exceeding those of any other Civil War historian enable him to move along swiftly and smoothly and produce a story that is informative, dramatic, and absorbingly interesting." --Dr. Bell I. Wiley, after reading the manuscript of Never Call Retreat

The final volume of Bruce Catton's monumental Centennial History of the Civil War traces the war from Fredericksburg through the succeeding grim and relentless campaigns to the Courthouse at Appomattox and the death of Lincoln.

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available. Mr. Lincoln was interested in this slightly fantastic plan; he had always believed, despite much evidence to the contrary, that there was a deep Union sentiment in the South, and this might be a good way to test it. He pointed out that Jaquess could not go south with any government authority whatever, and warned that if he went without it the Confederates might shoot him as a spy. However, if the man wanted to take his chances and go on his own hook, and if General Rosecrans cared to

driven him straight into it. He had won a victory that he could not use. 6: 37,000 Plus One The reason why the victory at Chickamauga could not really be used appears in the bare account of the steps the opposing governments took as a result of the battle. The Union government sent 37,000 soldiers to Tennessee: the Confederacy sent Jefferson Davis. The contrast does not reflect different ideas about what was needed; it simply measures the extent of the resources at hand. Each government did the

unfortunately) was to advance toward the head of the valley, and a Federal force of cavalry and infantry was to cut eastward from West Virginia to join him. Altogether, the Confederacy would have to meet five offensives at once—in central Virginia, in northern Georgia, along the James, in the Shenandoah Valley, and (once Banks had made himself available) in front of Mobile.14 Nothing was going to work out as Grant had planned, but one thing was certain. The President at last had found the

could go unseen until it was too late; whatever the truth of it, the two-day battle ended at last, the armies grimly facing each other at close range on a field fearfully littered with dead and wounded. Casualty lists had been prodigious. The Federals had lost more than 17,000 men, of whom more than 2200 had been killed outright; Lee’s losses had been smaller but bore about the same relation to the numbers engaged; neither side had won anything worth mentioning.5 One thing was clear: Grant and

Wartime Papers of R. E. Lee, 430, 433, 435; Jed. Hotchkiss, Confederate Military History, Vol. III, Virginia, 375–76. 16. The Wartime Papers of R. E. Lee, 400, 427; letters to Mrs. Lee dated March 6 and March 9 in the R. E. Lee Papers, Library of Congress. 17. Letter to Mrs. Lee dated April 19, in the R. E. Lee Papers, Library of Congress. 4. A Bridge for the Moderates 1. Congressional Globe, 37th Congress, Third Session, Appendix, 53–60. 2. It seems to be impossible to get a solid figure

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