The Civil War: The Complete Text of the Bestselling Narrative History of the Civil War

By Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns

The total textual content of the bestselling narrative historical past of the Civil War--based at the celebrated PBS tv sequence. This non-illustrated version interweaves the author's narrative with the voices of the boys and ladies who lived via that cataclysmic path of our nationhood, from Abraham Lincoln to bland foot infantrymen.

Includes essays by means of individual historians of the period.

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Yet one other line seemed from at the back of the crest and complex gallantly, and back we opened our weapons upon them. one of the attackers was once the Irish Brigade, shouting “Erin move bragh! ” and waving their eco-friendly banners. They acquired inside twenty-five paces of the stone wall. the lads of the twenty fourth Georgia who shot them down have been Irish, too. Longstreet in comparison the Union males falling earlier than his weapons to “the regular dripping of rain from the eaves of a home. ” A Union officer watched from a church steeple as brigade after brigade charged the stone wall. They appeared to “melt,” he stated, “like snow coming down on hot floor. ” clean troops waited within the streets of Fredericksburg, making an attempt to not examine the sector hospitals, now packed with mangled males in pain yet secure for the instant from the negative fireplace. “I won't ever disregard the enjoyment of the wounded after they have been introduced into our lines,” wrote common Regis de Trobriand. “One of them cried out, attempting to bring up himself from his muddle, ‘All immediately! I shall now not die like a puppy within the ditch! ’” the 20 th Maine, commanded via a former collage professor, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, used to be one of the final devices to struggle its manner around the river. “The air used to be thick with the flying, bursting shells,” Chamberlain wrote. “Whooping good shot swept lengthwise our slender bridge … riding the compressed air so with reference to our heads that there has been an unconquerable intuition to reduce underneath it. … The crowding, swerving column set the pontoons swaying, in order that the horses reeled and males might scarcely retain their stability. ” Their enhance on Marye’s Heights was once remembered by way of one of many Union males who had long gone in previous and now lay pinned down lower than enemy fireplace. “The twentieth Maine … discovering the sector in line of conflict, as upon parade, the nice gaps … it appears that evidently obvious because the shot and shell tore via. … It used to be a grand sight and a extraordinary instance of what self-discipline will do for such fabric in this kind of conflict. ” The Maine males, too, quickly came upon themselves hugging the floor. Fourteen attacks have been overwhelmed again from Marye’s Heights sooner than Burnside determined it may possibly now not be taken. 9 thousand males fell below the accomplice weapons. Lee watched all of it occur from above: “It is easily that struggle is so terrible,” he acknowledged, “we may still develop too keen on it. ” evening introduced quiet, as Chamberlain recalled: yet out of that silence … rose new sounds extra appalling nonetheless … a wierd ventriloquism, of that you would be able to now not find the resource, a smothered moan … as though 1000 discords have been flowing jointly right into a key-note bizarre, unearthly, poor to listen to and endure, but startling with its nearness; the writhing harmony damaged through cries for support … a few begging for a drop of water, a few calling on God for pity; and a few on pleasant arms to complete what the enemy had so horribly started; a few with delirious, dreamy voices murmuring enjoyed names, as though the dearest have been bending over them; and beneath, for all time, the deep bass word from closed lips too hopeless, or too heroic to articulate their ache.

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