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Turning Points of the American Civil War - Engaging the Civil War (Hardback)
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Turning Points of the American Civil War - Engaging the Civil War (Hardback)

(editor), (editor), (foreword)
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Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 30/11/2017
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Although most Americans believe that the Battle of Gettysburg was the only turning point of the Civil War, the war actually turned repeatedly. Events unfolded in completely unexpected ways and had unintended consequences. Turning Points of the American Civil War examines key shifts and the context surrounding them, demonstrating that the war was a continuum of watershed events.

The contributors show that many chains of events caused the course of the war to change: the Federal defeats at First Bull Run and Ball's Bluff, the wounding of Joseph Johnston at Seven Pines and the Confederate victory at Chancellorsville, the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Federal victory at Vicksburg, Grant's decision to move on to Richmond rather than retreat from the Wilderness, the naming of John B. Hood as commander of the Army of Tennessee, and the 1864 presidential election. In their conclusion, editors Mackowski and White suggest that the assassination of Abraham Lincoln might have been the war's final turning point.

Presenting essays by public historians with experience at Civil War battle sites, this provocative collection offers fresh perspectives on political and military events in the eastern and western theaters.

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
ISBN: 9780809336210
Number of pages: 264
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


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"Rejecting the notion that the war hinged on a single pivot point or plot line, the editors have assembled nine vivid essays treating some of the war's most consequential moments--from First Bull Run to the election of 1864. Skillfully tracking between the eastern and western theater and campaigns both military and political, the contributors remind that small events can cast large shadows. Even those well acquainted with the Civil War will rethink not only the relationships between individual battles but also the very cadence of our nation's defining conflict."--Brian Matthew Jordan, author, Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War, Pulitzer Prize finalist

"Using their hands-on experiences to debate the existence of turning point or points in the Civil War, the editors and chapter authors present a fresh and pointed perspective that will cause readers to rethink what too often they are mistakenly sure are the undeniable facts about the pendulum of war."--John F. Marszalek, executive director, Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library

"This tour de force of scholarship provides readers with a stimulating and engaging examination of factors often overlooked in standard works on the war."--Ted Alexander, author, Antietam: The Bloodiest Day

"Edited by the co-founders of Emerging Civil War, a public history-oriented platform for sharing original scholarship about the American Civil War, Turning Points of the American Civil War is studiously researched, yet accessible to readers of all backgrounds. An index rounds out this excellent contribution to public and college library Civil War collections."---James A. Cox, editor-in-chief, Midwest Book Review

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