9780785817116

A Rising Thunder: From Lincoln's Election to the Battles of Bull Run: an Eyewitness History

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    9780785817116

  • ISBN10:

    0785817115

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-01-30
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Using the vast mass of eyewitness accounts with his usual deftness, popular historian Richard Wheeler takes the reader from the secession of South Carolina through the firing on Fort Sumter, the wave of further secessions, the Union loss of the naval base at Norfolk, and the efforts of both sides to cobble together armies. Using contemporary diaries, newspapers, speeches, and articles, Wheeler captures the gradual development of the crisis between North and South over the half-century before the war and ends the book with the First Battle of Bull Run, in which those armies clashed, and the Confederacy won a large but ultimately fruitless victory. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Mapsp. xv
Prefacep. xvii
Seeds of the Stormp. 1
Lincoln Takes the Stagep. 12
Secession Becomes a Factp. 23
The Charleston Fortsp. 39
Two Inaugurationsp. 56
A Circle of Fire at Sumterp. 75
The Fort Is Surrenderedp. 93
Turbulence in Baltimorep. 104
Catastrophe at Norfolkp. 123
General Butler to the Rescuep. 138
The Rise of Thomas Jacksonp. 152
Drums Across the Southp. 163
The North Grows Strongerp. 177
Strife Invades Missourip. 187
Washington Takes the Offensivep. 205
A New Role for Richmondp. 220
Blunder at Big Bethelp. 235
Johnston Abandons Harpers Ferryp. 253
McClellan and the Pinkertonsp. 272
Rich Mountain and Carrick's Fordp. 286
The March to Fairfaxp. 303
Events Approach a Climaxp. 322
The Fateful Battle Is Joinedp. 339
Massing for a Decisionp. 353
The Great Retreatp. 374
Quotation Sourcesp. 393
Supplementary Referencesp. 397
Indexp. 401
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