Illustrated with detailed maps and archival images, this 448-page volume commemorates the 140th anniversary of the war's end with a unique narrative of its most critical battles, translating Bearss' inimitable delivery into print. As he guides readers from the first shots at Fort Sumter to Gettysburg's bloody fields to the dignified surrender at Appomattox, his engagingly plainspoken but expert account demonstrates why he stands beside Shelby Foote, James McPherson, and Ken Burns in the front rank of modern chroniclers of the Civil War, as the Pulitzer Prize-winning McPherson himself points out in his admiring introduction.
A must for every one of America's countless Civil War and history buffs alike, this major work will stand as an important reference and enduring legacy of a great historian for generations to come.
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The Battle of Antietam was fought near Sharpsburg MD in 1862 and represented the bloodiest single day in American military history. The Battle of Shiloh, fought in Tennessee in 1862, was the bloodiest engagement in American history to that time. The Battle of Chickamauga, fought in southeastern Tennessee in September 1863, produced the second highest number of casualties of any Civil War battle. The Battle of Gettysburg represented the high water mark of the Confederacy when it was fought in July 1863. General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to General Ullysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, effectively ending the Civil War.