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Reveille in Washington, 1860-1865

Author: Margaret Leech
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, [2011]
Series: New York Review Books classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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1860: The American capital is sprawling, fractured, squalid, colored by patriotism and treason, and deeply divided along the political lines that will soon embroil the nation in bloody conflict. Chaotic and corrupt, the young city is populated by bellicose congressmen, Confederate.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Leech
ISBN: 9781590174463 1590174461
OCLC Number: 708762743
Notes: Originally published: New York : Harper, ©1941.
"A New York review book"--Title page verso.
Description: xii, 591 pages : maps ; 21 cm.
Contents: The general is older than the capital --
The union, sir, is dissolved --
Arrival of a westerner --
Deserted village --
Home of the brave --
Excursion in Virginia --
All quiet on the Potomac --
Ladies in durance --
Two civilians and General Halleck --
Lost leaders --
The great army of the wounded --
Black, copper and bright --
Winter of security --
Madam president --
Bloodshed in the spring --
Siege in the suburbs --
Portents of a second term --
Star-spangled capital --
Victory, with harshness.
Series Title: New York Review Books classics.
Responsibility: Margaret Leech ; introduction by James M. McPherson.

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1860: The American capital is sprawling, fractured, squalid, colored by patriotism and treason, and deeply divided along the political lines that will soon embroil the nation in bloody conflict. Chaotic and corrupt, the young city is populated by bellicose congressmen, Confederate.

Conspirators, and enterprising prostitutes. Soldiers of a volunteer army swing from the dome of the Capitol, assassins stalk the avenues, and Abraham Lincoln struggles to justify his presidency as the Union heads to war.

Reveille in Washington focuses on the everyday politics and preoccupations of Washington during the Civil War. From the stench of corpse-littered streets to the plunging lace on Mary Lincolns evening gowns, Margaret Leech illuminates the city and its familiar figuresamong them Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, William Seward, and Mary Surrattin intimate and fascinating detail.

Leechs book remains widely recognized as both an impressive feat of scholarship and an uncommonly engrossing work of history.

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