Our standard Civil War histories tell a reassuring story of the triumph, in an inevitable conflict, of the dynamic, free-labor North over the traditional, slave-based South, vindicating the freedom principles built into the nation's foundations.
But at the time, on the borderlands of Pennsylvania and Virginia, no one expected war, and no one knew how it would turn out. The one certainty was that any war between the states would be fought in their fields and streets.
Edward L. Ayers gives us a different Civil War, built on an intimate scale. He charts the descent into war in the Great Valley spanning Pennsylvania and Virginia. Connected by strong ties of every kind, including the tendrils of slavery, the people of this borderland sought alternatives to secession and war. When none remained, they took up war with startling intensity. As this book relays with a vivid immediacy, it came to their doorsteps in hunger, disease, and measureless death. Ayers's Civil War emerges from the lives of everyday people as well as those who helped shape history-John Brown and Frederick Douglass, Lincoln, Jackson, and Lee. His story ends with the valley ravaged, Lincoln's support fragmenting, and Confederate forces massing for a battle at Gettysburg.
"A movingly human chronicle [of]...the transformation by civil war of two groups of Americans." -- Richmond Times-Dispatch "Ayers unfolds this historical process with penetrating analysis and relevant quotations, emphasizing the anxiety, excitement, and misery...the war provoked." -- Gilbert Taylor - Booklist "This original and gracefully written work, based on exhaustive primary research, should be required reading for Civil War enthusiass and scholars alike." -- John Carver - Library Journal
|List of Illustrations||p. xi|
|List of Maps||p. xv|
|Green Pastures and Still Waters - Fall 1859 to Fall 1860||p. 1|
|Paths of Righteousness - Winter 1860 to Summer 1861||p. 93|
|The Shadow of Death - Summer 1861 to Summer 1862||p. 189|
|The Presence of Mine Enemies - Fall 1862 to Summer 1863||p. 277|
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Series: Valley of the Shadow Project
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 17th September 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.8 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1