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The Civil War: The Final Year Told By Those Who Lived It (Library of America, Volume 250)

The Civil War: The Final Year Told By Those Who Lived It (Library of America, Volume 250)

Language: English

Pages: 744

ISBN: 1598532944

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Additional contributors: John H. Stringfellow, Henry Highland Garnet, Emma LeConte, Luther Rice Mills, Frederick Douglass, Charles Sumner, Frances Johnson, Clarissa Burdett, Sallie Brock, William Gordon McCabe, Thomas Morris Chester, Elizabeth Keckly, Sarah Morgan, Jefferson Davis, Stephen Minot Weld, Gordon Granger

This final installment of the highly acclaimed four-volume series traces events from March 1864 to June 1865. It provides an incomparable portrait of a nation at war with itself, while illuminating the military and political events that brought the Union to final victory, and slavery and secession to their ultimate destruction. Here are more than 150 letters, diary entries, memoir excerpts, speeches, articles, messages, and poems by over a hundred participants and observers, both famous and unsung, including Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, Robert E. Lee, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Harriet Jacobs, Henry Adams, Elizabeth Keckly, and George Templeton Strong, as well as Union and Confederate soldiers; women diarists from North and South; and freed slaves. The selections include vivid and haunting firsthand accounts of legendary battles and campaigns— the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, the Atlanta campaign, the Crater, Franklin, Sherman’s march through Georgia and the Carolinas—as well as of the desperate conditions inside Andersonville prison; the sinking of the Confederate raider Alabama; the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment; and the struggles of both black and white civilians to survive the harsh and violent downfall of the Confederacy.

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self-confident assurance has grown immensely, and if I keep on writing I don’t know but that my habit of writing for the Freeman will by and by become seated and incurable. But I cannot help it. When I know that the readers of the Freeman include but very few sneering copperheads if any at all, and that all are interested in the soldier’s welfare, and interested in the cause for which we are here, it is very easy and pleasant to write, and I cannot resist the temptation, and I will not try. The

is what is to be expected from the fortunes of war. It is the fate of all human designs. In that event, we shall have reason to anticipate from all brave men a conduct becoming the occasion, and shall look to you to redress your misfortunes, to rise in the face of disaster, and resolve to succeed, determined that you will live or die free. (Applause.) Your brave sons are battling for the cause of the country everywhere; your Fort Sumter, where was first given to the breeze the flag of the

VIRGINIA, January 11, 1865. Hon. ANDREW HUNTER, Richmond, Va.: DEAR SIR: I have received your letter of the 7th instant, and without confining myself to the order of your interrogatories, will endeavor to answer them by a statement of my views on the subject. I shall be most happy if I can contribute to the solution of a question in which I feel an interest commensurate with my desire for the welfare and happiness of our people. Considering the relation of master and slave, controlled by

And who shall go Storming the swarmers in jungles dread? No cannon-ball answers, no proxies are sent— They rush in the shrapnel’s stead. Plume and sash are vanities now— Let them deck the pall of the dead; They go where the shade is, perhaps into Hades, Where the brave of all times have led. There’s a dust of hurrying feet, Bitten lips and bated breath, And drums that challenge to the grave, And faces fixed, forefeeling death. What husky huzzahs in the hazy groves— What flying

first it was understood that we should throw ourselves into the woods, where the musketry was; but, somehow, this idea changed to the impression that we were to move straight forward—which would bring only about the extreme right regiment to the chief point of attack. The truth is, the road by which we had come was not at all straight, which made the right of the line front much farther north than the rest, and the fire was too hot for us to wait for the long, loose column to close up, so as to

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