Allegiance: Fort Sumter, Charleston, and the Beginning of the Civil War

Allegiance: Fort Sumter, Charleston, and the Beginning of the Civil War

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Allegiance: Fort Sumter, Charleston, and the Beginning of the Civil War 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SquireMike on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Surprisingly -- only because this author is new to me -- this was a well written and engaging story. The events leading up to Fort Sumter can, for me, be a little dry compared to the big battles of the Civil War. But this book is written with a sense of drama that makes it enjoyable as a story. The best compliment I can pay is to say that I now wish to read more from this author, which I do.
Big_Bang_Gorilla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Being one of the author's three volumes describing the coming of the Civil War, a very interesting topic. The author writes and thinks very intelligently and entertainingly; one can ask very little more from popular history than he provides us here.
Guest More than 1 year ago
David Detzer does a fantastic job painting a picture of an intensely nervous time in 'Allegiance'. This book is incredible in the detail that it provides from before the Civil War to the first shots being fired. This book seems to provide more details than you might get were you a citizen of Charleston who read the daily newspaper in 1860-1861.
Guest More than 1 year ago
History is the study of past acts carefully selected by historians. Most everyday acts are ignored by historians, no matter how important they may be. Detzer, examines many seemingly innocuous acts during 1860-61, which led to the Civil War. Detzer, brings the reader to the Harbor of Charleston during the final months of the Buchanan Administration up to the first shots of the Civil War. Detzer provides the reader with a unique perspective of the genesis of the bloodiest war America has been involved in. Through the eyes of Major Robert Anderson, a soldier paid much less attention to by other historians although he was in charge of the Harbor during this crucial period, we see what is was like to be in the Harbor on the brink of Civil War. The conflicting emotions and the attempts made to avert such a conflict are set forth in a narrative fashion that keeps the reader turning the pages. Although, we all know beforehand, how the story concludes, Detzer's storytelling makes you want to keep reading to see how this particular book will end. This is a tribute to Detzer. He has masterly compiled an examination of the acts leading up to the War. Any person interested in an indepth analysis of the Civil War period should read this book.