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Civil War Curiosities : Strange Stories, Oddities, Events, and Coincidences - Webb Garrison

Civil War Curiosities

Strange Stories, Oddities, Events, and Coincidences

Paperback Published: 25th October 2000
ISBN: 9781558533158
Number Of Pages: 288

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True stories of unusual happenings during the civil war.

In 1861, Wilmer McLean, distressed that a cannon ball crashed through his home during the battle of Bull Run, moved to a farm where "the sound of battle would never again reach him and his family." Almost four years later, McLean's Appomattox Court House home was used for Lee's surrender to Grant. There wasn't damage from cannon balls, but souvenir-hunting Union officers left McLean's parlor bare of furniture.

After the Confederacy was defeated, Jefferson Davis was stripped of his citizenship. He died as a man without a country. His citizenship was restored by Congress during the administration of Georgian Jimmy Carter.

Three members of the Guillet family were killed while riding the same horse, which was then given to the Ohio Ninety-eighth regiment. Three officers were killed while riding the same horse. Lieutenant Milliner, the senior officer left on the field, then jumped on the jinxed horse. He escaped death, but suffered all his life from an arm shatterred by a minie ball while he was in the saddle.

Civil War Curiosities uncovers those unusual persons, attitudes, and events that take you beyond a textbook understanding of the Civil War. A collection of  fascinating anecdotes and colorful stories, this book covers a wide variety of subjects, including "newfangled" weapons that changed the nature of war, the press' outrageous inaccuracy in covering the conflict, the phenomenon of "silent battles, " and various disguises, atrocities, and mix-ups.

Every Aspect of the War Produced Its Own Crop of Curiositiesp. 7
Memorable Players in the Nation's Greatest Drama
Lincoln and Davis Started Out Less Than One Hundred Miles Apartp. 11
Famous--Or Soon to Bep. 18
Never Say Diep. 27
Supporting Members of the Cast
Many Wives Did More Than Knit Socksp. 39
Clergymen "Fought Like Hell"p. 48
The Role of Hostages in the Struggle for Supremacyp. 57
Horses Kept the War Alivep. 67
Civil War Crittersp. 78
No Two Military Events Were Identical
In the Heat of Battlep. 89
Black Soldiers Fell Short of Equalityp. 97
Sights and Sounds of Combatp. 109
"The War Is to Be Illuminated by Burning Cities and Villages"p. 119
Outmoded Weapons Made "Sitting Ducks" of Many Usersp. 129
Strange New Weaponsp. 140
Officers Were of Many Varieties, But Only One Colorp. 151
Ships, Seas, and Riversp. 161
"Rally Round the Flag, Boys!"p. 172
Analysis, Prediction, and Wishful Thinkingp. 182
Providence, Fate, or Chance?p. 190
Time Doesn't Always Flyp. 196
Of Life and Deathp. 204
Eye of the Beholder
No One Called Lincoln Handsomep. 213
From the Sublime to the Ridiculousp. 222
War Makers as Appraised by Their Contemporariesp. 230
Beyond the Headlines
Atrocity, War Fever, or Journalistic Hype?p. 243
"Silent Battles" Defy Explanationp. 251
Abolition of Slavery Not the Union Goal in 1861p. 257
Conclusionp. 265
Selected Bibliographyp. 267
Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9781558533158
ISBN-10: 155853315X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 25th October 2000
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.36