The American Civil War

The American Civil War

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By (author) Stephen D. Engle, By (author) Gary W. Gallagher, By (author) Joseph T. Glatthaar, By (author) Robert K. Krick, Foreword by James M. McPherson

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 244mm x 22mm | 921g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1841767360
  • ISBN 13: 9781841767369
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 100 colour & 100 b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 226,585

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The United States saw long-simmering sectional tensions erupt into fighting at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, in April 1861, beginning what would become the most cataclysmic military struggle in the western world between Waterloo and the First World War. This book, with a new foreword by Professor James McPherson, traces the course of the war in both Eastern and Western theatres, looking at strategic, geographical and logistic factors as well as the soldiers, officers, and civilians who were caught up in the conflict. During the four years of war at least 620,000 soldiers and sailors died in bloody fighting at more than 10,000 recorded battles, engagements and skirmishes.

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""A lucid and concise narrative of the campaigns in both the eastern and western theaters as well as penetrating analyses of strategies and leadership.Ideal for classroom use or for fireside reading."

Table of contents

Introduction; Chronology; East 1861-63 - background to War; Warring sides; The fighting; Portrait of a soldier; The world around war; Portrait of a civilian; How the period ended; West 1861-63 - background to War; Warring sides; The fighting; Portrait of a soldier; The world around war; Portrait of a civilian; How the period ended; East 1863-65 - background to War; Warring sides; The fighting; Portrait of a soldier; The world around war; Portrait of a civilian; How the period ended; West 1863-65 - background to War; Warring sides; The fighting; Portrait of a soldier; The world around war; Portrait of a civilian; How the period ended; Conclusion and consequences