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Author Eicher, David J., 1961-

Title The longest night : a military history of the Civil War / David J. Eicher ; foreword by James M. McPherson ; maps by Lee Vande Visse.

Published New York : Simon & Schuster, 2001.

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 UniM Bail  973.73 EICH    AVAILABLE
Physical description 990 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue: 1915 29 -- 1 War Begins at Sumter 33 -- 2 Organizing the Struggle 57 -- 3 Southern Joy over First Bull Run 80 -- 4 A Massacre at Ball's Bluff 110 -- 5 An Unlikely Hero at Belmont 130 -- 6 Grant Moves into Tennessee 154 -- 7 Clash of the Ironclads 183 -- 8 A Bloodbath at Shiloh 219 -- 9 Jackson's Valley Campaign 243 -- 10 Peninsular Campaign 268 -- 11 Confederate Triumph at Second Bull Run 298 -- 12 War's Bloodiest Day 335 -- 13 Fredericksburg's Appalling Loss 381 -- 14 Stalemate at Stones River 408 -- 15 Campaign for Vicksburg 436 -- 16 Lee's Master Stroke 457 -- 17 Three Days at Gettysburg 501 -- 18 Visiting the River of Death 570 -- 19 Battles for Chattanooga 600 -- 20 Sherman Eyes the Deep South 624 -- 21 Red River Campaign 641 -- 22 Grant Moves into the Wilderness 659 -- 23 Action at Atlanta and Petersburg 705 -- 24 Sheridan Raids the Valley 735 -- 25 Sherman's March to the Sea 760 -- 26 Fall of the Last Confederate Port 785 -- 27 Lee's Army Crumbles 802 -- 28 End of the Civil War 841 -- Epilogue: 1865 852.
Summary "Like no other conflict in our history, the Civil War casts a long shadow onto modern America," writes David Eicher. In his compelling new account of that war, Eicher gives us an authoritative modern single-volume battle history that spans the war from the opening engagement at Fort Sumter to Lee's surrender at Appomattox (and even beyond, to the less well-known but conclusive surrender of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith in Galveston, Texas, on June 2, 1865).
Although there are other one-volume histories of the Civil War -- most notably James M. McPherson's Publitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom, which puts the war in its political, economic, and social context -- The Longest Night is strictly a military history. It covers hundreds of engagements on land and sea, and along rivers. The Western theater, often neglected in accounts of the Civil War, and the naval actions along the coasts and major rivers are at last given their due. Such major battles as Gettysburg, Antietam, and Chancellorsville are, of course, described in detail, but Eicher also examines lesser-known actions such as Sabine Pass, Texas, and Fort Clinch, Florida. The result is a gripping popular history that will fascinate anyone just learning about the Civil War while at the same time offering more than a few surprises for longtime students of the War Between the States.
The Longest Night draws on hundreds of sources and includes numerous excerpts from letters, diaries, and reports by the soldiers who fought the war, giving readers a real sense of life -- and death -- on the battlefield. In addition to the main battle narrative, Eicher analyzes each side's evolving strategy and examines the tactics of Lee, Grant, Johnston, Sherman, and other leading figures of the war. He also discusses such militarily significant topics as prisons, railroads, shipbuilding, clandestine operations, and the expanding role of African Americans in the war.
The Longest Night is a riveting, indispensable history of the war that James McPherson in the Foreword to this book calls "the most dramatic, violent, and fateful experience in American history."
Subject United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns.
ISBN 0684849445