An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War

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University Press of Kentucky, Jan 1, 2004 - History - 289 pages

" An updated edition of this concise yet comprehensive history of the Civil War, written by a distinguished historian of the conflict. Charles Roland skillfully interweaves the story of battles and campaigns with accounts of the major political, diplomatic, social, and cultural events of the epoch and insightful sketches of the leading actors. Of prime interest are the contrasts he draws between the opposing presidents and generals. What traits, he asks, made Lincoln superior to Davis as a war leader? How were Union military leaders able to forge a more effective fighting force, a more comprehensive strategy than their opponents? Roland's thoughtful anwers and his recognition of the contadictions of human nature and the interpaly of intention and chance raise this book above a mere recounting of military events. The story of the Civil War is the epic of the American people. Never has it been told more movingly.

 

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Contents

The Final Compromise
xvii
A Parting of the Ways
13
The Resort to Arms
28
Mobilization and Early Campaigns
41
Union Government Administration and Emancipation
80
Confederate Government and Administration
92
The Strategic Balance
107
The Turn of the Tide of Battle
124
The Contest for European Favor
146
Military Success and Political Victory
158
The Resurgent North
181
The Beleaguered South
198
The Union Triumphant
220
Reflections on Men and Measures
229
Sequel
232
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Charles P. Roland is professor emeritus of history at the University of Kentucky.

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