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A ruined land : the end of the Civil War

Author: Michael Golay
Publisher: New York ; Chichester : Wiley, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In a fascinating approach that allows the voices of those touched by the Civil War to speak for themselves, gifted writer Michael Golay shows the impact of victory and defeat on the ordinary Americans who both influenced events and were caught up in them. Using illuminating new material, much of it previously unpublished, Golay takes a unique perspective by interweaving personal histories of soldiers and civilians  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Golay
ISBN: 0471395250 9780471395256
OCLC Number: 59521458
Notes: Originally published: 1999.
Awards: 2000 Lincoln Prize finalist
Description: 400 pages
Contents: Author's note --
Time line --
Cast of characters --
Part one : War and revolution. Honey Hill --
The laws of war --
The Sherman lands --
Part two : The end of the war. The smoky march --
The shell of rebellion --
Booth and his crime --
Part three : Something like peace. Exile and return --
Crime, punishment, absolution --
Fallow and neglected lands --
Coda : 1876-1877.
Responsibility: Michael Golay.

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In a fascinating approach that allows the voices of those touched by the Civil War to speak for themselves, gifted writer Michael Golay shows the impact of victory and defeat on the ordinary Americans who both influenced events and were caught up in them. Using illuminating new material, much of it previously unpublished, Golay takes a unique perspective by interweaving personal histories of soldiers and civilians with the larger events of the Civil War. Among the events of this bitter conflict, Golay illuminates the impact of Sherman's march through Georgia and the Carolinas, the despair caused by the assassination of Lincoln, the first bitter weeks of armistice, the immediate postwar life in a devastated, chaotic South, and the promise of freedom for African American slaves. Through the letters, diaries, and other literary remains of those who experienced the war, we gain a vivid, panoramic look at the effects of a bitter struggle and at the efforts of both sides to work toward a solution to problems where effective answers were elusive. - Publisher.

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