American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War by Bruce Catton

By Bruce Catton

The Epic fight of the Blue and grey through the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian Bruce Catton. here's the genuine glance of the warfare with 836 photographs together with many in colour that experience by no means been published sooner than. The illustrations variety from the wonderful pictures of Mathew Brady and the well-known sketches of Winslow Homer to dozens of formerly unknown work, drawings, and eye-witness conflict scenes. No prior unmarried quantity at the battle has even approached the value and the colour of this assortment.

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On that evening we got orders to be prepared to start on picket at 4 o’clock on Saturday morning. I was somewhat fatigued.... If you have any fears of my fidelity dismiss them. Let me assure you that I take no thought of the future without your presence.... Dec. 10th, 1861 You will no doubt soon conclude that I am neglecting you. Two weeks have passed since I wrote to you. During that time I have received two letters from you & in answer thereto I will now try to write one. Week before last I might have written any number of letters, but last week I was quite busy & had but little time to spare from guard & marching.

Our men have showed a lack of vigor from 24 TO PETERSBURG WITH THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC the beginning. It is time for them to wake up, [if ] they wish to establish the authority of our government on this continent. Throughout the summer General McClellan continued to exercise caution, asserting that his forces were greatly outnumbered by those of the Confederates — scarcely the case. McClellan implied that the delays were primarily due to General Scott. The latter was allowed to retire and in November McClellan gained the post of commander-in-chief in addition to command of what he now named the Army of the Potomac.

There were several thousand of them — all the letters of the family for about eighty years extending almost through three generations.... Among all of them there was not found an illiterate or unseemly letter.... These were the best evidences to me of the high character of the family. Call them rebels if you will —& they deserve to be called such to be treated as such — but the fact cannot be denied that they were a highly cultivated people. All the houses ... [show] that the country was inhabited only by such ...

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