|About the Book|
2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, abloody conflict that devastated the nation and claimed more American lives thanany war before or since. The eighth volume of this series of eye-witnessaccounts of AmericanMore2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, abloody conflict that devastated the nation and claimed more American lives thanany war before or since. The eighth volume of this series of eye-witnessaccounts of American history covers this defining event in the nations story,from Lincolns first inaugural address to his death. Its essential reading. Forwhat could be more authoritative – and enthralling – than General U S Grantsreport of the surrender of Robert E Lee at Appomattox, than Lincolnsassassination described by his own Secretaries, than Jefferson Daviss ownaccount of his flight and capture? Youll read accounts of Generals McClellan,Sheridan, Sherman, Hood, Stonewall Jackson, Robert E Lee and other Union andConfederate participants in such epic battles as Bull Run, Shiloh, Antietam,Chancellorsville, and Lookout Mountain. This volume delivers an ‘inside view’ ofthe Civil War that will inform, stimulate and fascinate.Introduction To The SeriesAfter youve heard two eyewitness accounts of an auto accident, you begin toworry about history. This observation, attributed to the comedian HennyYoungman, summarizes the dilemma you face when you want to find out what reallyhappened in the past. When you read a history book, the facts are actually theauthors own interpretation, often colored by a conscious or unconscious wish tohave you share a particular point of view. Youre one step (or many steps)removed from the original source material.Thats why the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States compiled this 12-volume collection of writings of people who actually witnessed the key events inAmerican history - the actual actors in the events or contemporary observers ofthem. Past historians have spent decades locating, studying and consulting vastamounts of material such as this. This meticulously chosen selection brings youthe essence of history as originally recorded by those who participated in it.Youll be reading mostly eye-witness accounts, by people contemporary with theevents they describe, including many significant historical figures themselves.So you can make your own assessments, draw your own conclusions and gain anunderstanding of past events undistorted by the prejudices, assumptions andselectivity of professional historians. In some instances where there arentreliable or easily accessible eye-witness accounts, the compilers have chosenextracts from objective, authoritative historians of past generations such asFrancis Parkman whose judgements have stood the test of time. Through theseaccounts, your knowledge of American history will be immeasurably greater, yourunderstanding of the key events in the building of the nation immenselyincreased.Founded in 1899, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) is anonprofit organization dedicated to foster camaderie among United Statesveterans of overseas conflicts, from the Spanish-American War to Iraq andAfghanistan, and to ensure that they receive due respect and entitlements forthe sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of the nation. Withthis mission, the VFW has a natural desire to encourage a broad understandingand appreciation of American history, and this essential collection ofhistorical documents makes a huge contribution to that aim.This reissue was scanned, formatted and converted to e-book format byLibrary4Science.com with the permission and encouragement of the VFW, to makethe series more accessible to a wider public. The VFW receives 50% of allroyalty revenue from these e-books. This book is about 300 print pages long.