Incredible Civil War

Incredible Civil War

by Burke Davis


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This book is filled with fascinating stories and revealing anecdotes centered around the U.S. Civil War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580800846
Publisher: Burford Books
Publication date: 02/27/2001
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.32(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.69(d)

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Major Wilmer McLean might well have said, as tradition has it, The war began in my front yard and ended in my parlor. McLean, a well-to-do wholesale grocer from Alexandria, had retired in 1854 to a pleasant estate along Bull Run, near Manassas Junction, in Prince William County, Virginia. He had made many improvements on the plantation, including a massive stone barn. The place was known as Yorkshire, for the home county of a previous owner, Colonel Richard Blackburn, a migrant Englishman. Roads in the neighborhood led to the nearby rail line and important villages, and several crossed Bull Run not far from the farmhouse. One of these crossings was McLean's Ford. In May, 1861, the line of Bull Run was occupied by Confederate troops to guard against an expected Federal thrust from Washington. Many regiments camped on or near Yorkshire, and Camp Wigfall was established on its southernmost acres. Just behind McLean's Ford and on either side, General J.R. Jones had his brigade raise earthworks which remain today-though much reduced by bulldozers-amid a housing development known as Yorkshire Village. On July 18, when Federals approached the site, General P.G.T. Beauregard, the Confederate commander, left his headquarters at a nearby farmhouse and went to Yorkshire. The general was riding the front lines at noon of that day when a Union shell dropped into a chimney of the McLean house, fell into the kitchen fireplace, and immediately exploded in a kettle of stew. The stew was splattered over the room and the luncheon menu for the general, his staff, and the McLean household was revised.

Table of Contents

1The Travail of Wilmer McLean1
2House Divided5
4The First Battle15
5Mr. Lincoln's Beard21
6The Blockade23
7Music, Music29
8War in the Air35
9The Machine Gun41
10A General's Grammar45
11How Young They Were!47
12Famous Onlookers55
13Which War?63
14John Brown Ignites a War67
15The Widow Fritchie71
16Imported Warriors75
17The Rains Brothers87
18Riots on the Home Front97
19The Inner Man103
20Was Stonewall Jackson a Hypochondriac?109
21The Marvelous Ram Albemarle113
22Some Oddities of This Odd War119
23Spies at Work129
24The Gettysburg Address135
25The Hero of Gettysburg139
26Sex in the Civil War143
27The Submarine Hunley151
28Lincoln's Subs159
29What They Said About U.S. Grant161
31Symbols of the Lost Cause171
32The Perfect Battle183
33The Human Side of Robert E. Lee191
35The Price in Blood201
36The War Is Not Over207
38The Folklore221

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