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Dissonance : the turbulent days between Fort Sumter and Bull Run

Author: David Detzer
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"For two weeks in 1861, Washington, D.C., was locked in a state of panic. Would the newly formed Confederate States of America launch its first attack on the Union by capturing the nation's capital? Would Lincoln's Union fall before it had a chance to fight?" "Wedged between Virginia and Maryland - two states bordering on secession - Washington was isolated; its communications lines were cut, its rail lines blocked.
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Detzer
ISBN: 9780151011582 0151011583
OCLC Number: 61228573
Description: xxv, 371 pages : illustrations maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Chapter 1 City of Magnificent Intentions 1 --
Chapter 2 The Firebrand 28 --
Chapter 3 Cliffhanger 52 --
Chapter 4 ten-HUT! 66 --
Chapter 5 The Sixth Massachusetts 80 --
Chapter 6 Mobtown 90 --
Chapter 7 Patriotic Gore 104 --
Chapter 8 Malice and Compassion 125 --
Chapter 9 Controlling a Maelstrom 143 --
Chapter 10 The Yard 167 --
Chapter 11 And in Washington 199 --
Chapter 12 The Curious Marriage of Great Britain and Ben McCulloch 218 --
Chapter 13 What if ...? 231 --
Chapter 14 The Contents of a Velvet Glove 254 --
Chapter 15 On the Road 278 --
Chapter 16 The Best Defense 308 --
Postscript: Luke's Question: The Beginning of an End 324.
Responsibility: David Detzer.
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"For two weeks in 1861, Washington, D.C., was locked in a state of panic. Would the newly formed Confederate States of America launch its first attack on the Union by capturing the nation's capital? Would Lincoln's Union fall before it had a chance to fight?" "Wedged between Virginia and Maryland - two states bordering on secession - Washington was isolated; its communications lines were cut, its rail lines blocked. Newly recruited volunteers were too few and were unable to enter the city. A recently inaugurated Lincoln struggled to form a plan - defense or attack? Intelligence rumors and incendiary headlines revealed Norfolk and Harpers Ferry fallen to rebels, and the notorious "mobtown" Baltimore ignited by riots."

"David Detzer pulls the drama from this pivotal moment in American history straight from the pages of diaries, letters, and newspapers. With an eye for detail and an ear for the voices of average citizens, he captures the tense, miasmic atmosphere of these first chaotic days of war."--Jacket.

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