Imperfect Union

Author: Chuck Raasch
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0811765466
Format: PDF, Kindle
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On the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, Union artillery lieutenant Bayard Wilkeson fell while bravely spurring his men to action. His father, Sam, a New York Times correspondent, was already on his way to Gettysburg when he learned of his son’s wounding but had to wait until the guns went silent before seeking out his son, who had died at the town’s poorhouse. Sitting next to his dead boy, Sam Wilkeson then wrote one of the greatest battlefield dispatches in American history. This vivid exploration of one of Gettysburg’s most famous stories--the story of a father and a son, the son’s courage under fire, and the father’s search for his son in the bloody aftermath of battle--reconstructs Bayard Wilkeson’s wounding and death, which have been shrouded in myth and legend, and sheds light on Civil War–era journalism, battlefield medicine, and the “good death.”

The Battle of Gettysburg as Seen by Two Teens

Author: Matilda Tillie Pierce Alleman
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781449900892
Format: PDF, ePub
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There have been a great number of books written about the critical Battle of Gettysburg, but few of them convey the drama and emotion experienced firsthand by Tillie Pierce (a 15-year-old school girl) and Dan Skelly (an 18-year-old store clerk.) Their stories are among the best civilian observations of the war.Matilda "Tillie" Pierce Alleman self-published "At Gettysburg: What a Girl Saw and Heard of the Battle" (1888), and Daniel Skelly wrote "A Boy's Experiences During the Battles of Gettysburg" (1932), including his eyewitness account of President Abraham Lincoln's immortal Address.The full text of both teens' stories are reprinted here. The editor has included forty-one historic photographs and maps to enhance the reading experience.

Echoes of the Civil War Capturing Battlefields through a Pinhole Camera

Author: Michael Falco
Publisher: The Countryman Press
ISBN: 1581575203
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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A fresh and surprising look at the American Civil War through pinhole camera photographs of sesquicentennial battlefield reenactments In 2011, Michael Falco set out to document the American Civil War's 150th anniversary by photographing reenactments of more than 20 major battles—from the First Manassas, Antietam, and Chancellorsville to Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Appomattox. But rather than shooting these historic re-creations in high-definition, Falco opted for a different, older medium: a pinhole camera. This antebellum photographic technology, shot from an on-the-ground perspective, captures these battlefields in a way that feels more “real” and fully realized than even the famous daguerrotypes made during the war itself. In Falco's transporting photographs, the smoke-filled battle reenactments become blurred and dreamlike, echoing the sentiments found in the actual letters and journals of soldiers who fought and died there. Throughout, historical photographs from the period offer context to the modern-day re-creations, showing just how much—or how little—has changed on this hallowed ground. One hundred and fifty years after the last soldier fell, Echoes of the Civil War provides beautiful and compelling evidence of a Civil War landscape that is, literally and metaphorically, still with us.

Emancipation at 150

Author: President Lincoln's Cottage
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1483502082
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"Emancipation at 150: The Impact of the Emancipation Proclamation" is a scholarly anthology on the Emancipation Proclamation with contributions from leading Lincoln historians and government officials. Topics covered in the anthology range from views of the Proclamation through the eyes of enslaved people to human trafficking and slavery in the United States today. This publication was produced by President Lincoln's Cottage, a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. This publication was produced in collaboration with the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

The USS Carondelet

Author: Myron J. Smith, Jr.
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786456094
Format: PDF
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The USS Carondelet had a revolutionary ship design and was the most active of all the Union’s Civil War river ironclads. From Fort Henry through the siege of Vicksburg and from the Red River campaign through the Battle of Nashville, the gunboat was prominent in war legend and literature. This history draws on the letters of Ensign Scott Dyer Jordan and Rear Adm. Henry Walke’s memoirs.

Richmond Must Fall

Author: Hampton Newsome
Publisher: Civil War Soldiers and Strateg
ISBN: 9781606351321
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In the fall of 1864, the Civil War's outcome rested largely on Abraham Lincoln's success in the upcoming residential election. As the contest approached, cautious optimism buoyed the President's supporters in the wake of Union victories at Atlanta and in the Shenandoah Valley. With all eyes on the upcoming election, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant conducted a series of large-scale military operations outside Richmond and Petersburg, whichhave, until now, received little attention. Drawing on an array of original sources, Newsome focuses on the October battles themselves, examining the plans for the operations, the decisions made by commanders on the battlefield, and the soldiers' view from the ground. At the same time, he places these military actions in the larger political context of the fall of 1864. With the election looming, neither side could afford a defeat at Richmond or Petersburg. Nevertheless, Grant and Lee were willing to take significant risks to seek great advantage. These military events set the groundwork for operations that would close the war in Virginia several months later.

Captives of War

Author: Clare Makepeace
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107145872
Format: PDF, ePub
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Capture-- Imprisoned servicemen -- Bonds between men -- Ties with home -- Going "round the bend" -- Liberation -- Resettling -- Conclusion

Hancock at Gettysburg

Author: A. M. Gambone
Publisher: Butternut & Blue
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A Thorough probe of General Winfield Scott Hancock's Omni presence on the Gettysburg Battlefield. His decisions are examined and critiqued, and the controversies that evolved from his brusque manner are dissected.