The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville

The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville

Shelby Foote

Language: English

Pages: 607

ISBN: 0394746236

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


"Anyone who wants to relive the Civil War, as thousands of Americans apparently do, will go through this volume with pleasure.... Years from now, Foote's monumental narrative most likely will continue to be read and remembered as a classic of its kind."--New York Herald Tribune Book Review

"Here, for a certainty, is one of the great historical narratives of our century, a unique and brilliant achievement, one that must be firmly placed in the ranks of the masters."--Van Allen Bradley, Chicago Daily News

This first volume of Shelby Foote"s classic narrative of the Civil War opens with Jefferson Davis"s farewell to the United States Senate and ends on the bloody battlefields of Antietam and Perryville as the full horrible scope of America"s great war becomes clear. Exhaustively researched and masterfully written Foote"s epic account of the Civil War unfolds like a novel. "A stunning book full of color life character and a new atmosphere of the Civil War and at the same time a narrative of unflagging power. Eloquent proof that an historian should be a writer above all else." -Burke Davis "Anyone who wants to relive the Civil War . . . will go through this volume with pleasure. . . . Years from now Foote"s monumental narrative most likely will continue to be read and remembered as a classic of its kind." -New York Herald Tribune Book Review "To read this great narrative is to love the nation. . . . Whitman who ultimately knew and loved the bravery and frailty of the soldiers observed that the real Civil War would never be written and perhaps should not be. For me Shelby Foote has written it. . . . This work was done to last forever." -James M. Cox Southern Review

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called on Curtis to deal with this invasion force, which had moved into the vacated area around Pea Ridge, while he did his best to deal with the guerillas. “You are aware, General, that I have no force sufficient to drive them back without your assistance,” he implored. “Let me ask you to act as quickly as possible.” Curtis could not help him. If it came to the worst, he wasn’t even sure he could help himself. He had all sorts of troubles. As a result of trying to encourage trade in cotton, he

stood, last night’s orders would result in nothing more than a convergence on a vacuum. Presently, however, reports began to come in, pinpointing the gray column first in one place, then another, most of them quite irreconcilable. Pope sifted the conflicting evidence, rejecting this, accepting that, and arrived at the conviction that Stonewall was concentrating his three divisions at Centerville. Revised orders went out accordingly, canceling the convergence on Manassas; Centerville was now the

of the same message Lincoln had sent Halleck on November 5, relieving Little Mac. His corps went to Hooker, whose own had been severely cut up at Antietam, and Porter himself was brought back to Washington to face charges for having failed to obey Pope’s order for an attack on the Confederate right “at or near Manassas, in the State of Virginia, on or about the 29th day of August, 1862.” The court having convicted him, Lincoln ordered that he be “cashiered and dismissed from the service … and

elector for James K. Polk. In the year of his marriage, Whigs and Democrats having coalesced, he was elected to Congress as representative-at-large. In Washington, his first act was to introduce a resolution that federal troops be withdrawn from federal forts, their posts to be taken by state recruits. It died in committee, and his congressional career was ended by the outbreak of the Mexican War. Davis resigned his seat and came home to head a volunteer regiment, the Mississippi Rifles. Under

reached the presidential desk, he reverted to his original scheme for combining the armies to crush the Union forces in detail—the plan which had been outlined by one of his aides at the first Confederate war council, held at the Spotswood a week before the battle—with the implication that its having been rejected was the reason why the southern army was not in the northern capital now. Davis would not let this pass. “With much surprise, I found that the newspaper statements were sustained by

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