Imperfect Union

Author: Chuck Raasch
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0811765466
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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
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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.

Pure Heart

Author: William F. Quigley
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781606352861
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Echoes Of The Civil War Capturing Battlefields Through A Pinhole Camera

Author: Michael Falco
Publisher: The Countryman Press
ISBN: 1581575203
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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
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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
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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.

Hancock At Gettysburg

Author: A. M. Gambone
Publisher: Butternut & Blue
ISBN:
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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.

The Audacity Of Hope

Author: Barack Obama
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 0307382095
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In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. One phrase in particular anchored itself in listeners’ minds, a reminder that for all the discord and struggle to be found in our history as a nation, we have always been guided by a dogged optimism in the future, or what Obama called “the audacity of hope.” The Audacity of Hope is Barack Obama’s call for a different brand of politics—a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the “endless clash of armies” we see in congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of “our improbable experiment in democracy.” He explores those forces—from the fear of losing to the perpetual need to raise money to the power of the media—that can stifle even the best-intentioned politician. He also writes, with surprising intimacy and self-deprecating humor, about settling in as a senator, seeking to balance the demands of public service and family life, and his own deepening religious commitment. At the heart of this book is Barack Obama’s vision of how we can move beyond our divisions to tackle concrete problems. He examines the growing economic insecurity of American families, the racial and religious tensions within the body politic, and the transnational threats—from terrorism to pandemic—that gather beyond our shores. And he grapples with the role that faith plays in a democracy—where it is vital and where it must never intrude. Underlying his stories about family, friends, and members of the Senate is a vigorous search for connection: the foundation for a radically hopeful political consensus. A public servant and a lawyer, a professor and a father, a Christian and a skeptic, and above all a student of history and human nature, Barack Obama has written a book of transforming power. Only by returning to the principles that gave birth to our Constitution, he says, can Americans repair a political process that is broken, and restore to working order a government that has fallen dangerously out of touch with millions of ordinary Americans. Those Americans are out there, he writes—“waiting for Republicans and Democrats to catch up with them.” From the Hardcover edition.

My Gettysburg

Author: Mark A. Snell
Publisher: Kent State University Press
ISBN: 9781606352939
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Petersburg To Appomattox

Author: Caroline E. Janney
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469640775
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The last days of fighting in the Civil War's eastern theater have been wrapped in mythology since the moment of Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House. War veterans and generations of historians alike have focused on the seemingly inevitable defeat of the Confederacy after Lee's flight from Petersburg and recalled the generous surrender terms set forth by Grant, thought to facilitate peace and to establish the groundwork for sectional reconciliation. But this volume of essays by leading scholars of the Civil War era offers a fresh and nuanced view of the eastern war's closing chapter. Assessing events from the siege of Petersburg to the immediate aftermath of Lee's surrender, Petersburg to Appomattox blends military, social, cultural, and political history to reassess the ways in which the war ended and examines anew the meanings attached to one of the Civil War's most significant sites, Appomattox. Contributors are Peter S. Carmichael, William W. Bergen, Susannah J. Ural, Wayne Wei-Siang Hsieh, William C. Davis, Keith Bohannon, Caroline E. Janney, Stephen Cushman, and Elizabeth R. Varon.