The Civil War: Exploring History One Week at a Time (The Seven-Day Scholar)
Dennis Gaffney, Peter Gaffney
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"A bite of history a day, all year long." Flawless storytelling, expert research, and a whole new way of providing history in intriguing, one-page essays makes The Seven-Day Scholar: The Civil War a book that anyone interested in the topic will want on their bookshelf. This volume in the Seven-Day Scholar series brings to life significant moments in our nation's heroic tragedy, the Civil War, and coincides with its 150th anniversary. The book is organized into fifty-two chapters, corresponding to the weeks in a year; and each week has a theme-what ignited the war, Antietam, soldiers' food and drink, the 54th Massachusetts, the Gettysburg Address, Vicksburg, medical care, Lincoln's assassination, why the North won, and many more. Each chapter includes seven related narrative entries, one for every day of the week. These one-page entries, which read like historical fiction, bring to life crucial political decisions, unforgettable people, key battlefield moments, scholarly debates, and struggles on the home front. The book also explores many little-known episodes, answering questions such as:
• Why did Jefferson and Varina Davis take in a mixed-race child during the war
• What were the causes of riots in New York City and Richmond
• Why was General William Sherman demoted for "insanity"
• Why did the Union Army turn Robert E. Lee's estate into a cemetery
Entries also include follow-up resources where curious readers can learn more. Readers can sweep through the book from beginning to end, or use it as a reference book, periodically dipping in and out of topics they want to explore. This is the perfect book for history buffs, and for those who missed out on learning about this captivating period in American history.
live quietly and write a history of the Army of Northern Virginia. Then, in 1865, he was made an unexpected offer by a trustee of Washington College in Lexington, Virginia. Would the general serve as president of the tired and underfunded school? Lee took the job, noting that “I think it the duty of every citizen in the present condition of the Country to do all in his power to aid in the restoration of peace and harmony.” He raised money from all over the country, planting trees, building the
mobilize the potential power of black soldiers. “Persons of suitable condition,” Lincoln wrote in an often overlooked part of the proclamation, “will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places. . . .” For the first time in more than half a century, blacks would be permitted to enlist in the U.S. Army. Douglass believed arming freed slaves would also improve their status as Americans. “Once let the black man get upon his
person the brass letters, ‘U.S.,’ ” said Douglass, “let him get an eagle on his buttons and a musket on his shoulder and bullets in his pocket, and there is no power on earth which can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship in the United States.” “THE MOST EXECRABLE MEASURE RECORDED IN THE HISTORY OF GUILTY MAN”—REACTION TO THE PROCLAMATION Many Southerners saw the Emancipation Proclamation as a legal invitation for their black slaves to rise up against their masters and murder them.
FIFTY-FOURTH MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEER REGIMENT IS BORN WEEK 29 SHOULD WE JOIN? BLACKS QUESTION WHETHER THEY SHOULD FIGHT FOR THE NORTH After Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Massachusetts Governor John Andrew, a devoted abolitionist, began to recruit one of the country’s first regular army units of free blacks: the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts. The effort was begun despite persistent opposition from many Northerners who argued that blacks were too cowardly to join, much less
recruit, “a man inspired . . . the greatest character of this century.” Yet he despised him as well, believing abolitionists like him to be “the only traitors in the land.” The soldier was a young actor named John Wilkes Booth. Brown stepped out of his cell at about eleven a.m., wearing a wrinkled black suit, a white shirt, a low broad-brimmed hat, and slippers. He was brought to the gallows in a wagon and sat on a large poplar box filled with a black walnut coffin made for him. “This is a