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The Longest Night: A Military History of the Civil War by David J Eicher Online



The Longest Night: A Military History of the Civil War

The Longest Night: A Military History of the Civil War

  • Title: The Longest Night: A Military History of the Civil War
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  • ISBN : 9780684849454
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 992 pages


In this compelling new account of the American Civil War, noted historian David Eicher gives us an authoritative history of battle from the first shots at Fort Sumter to Lee s surrender at Appomattox As a strictly military history, The Longest Night covers hundreds of engagements, both well known and obscure, including the oft neglected Western theater and naval actions a In this compelling new account of the American Civil War, noted historian David Eicher gives us an authoritative history of battle from the first shots at Fort Sumter to Lee s surrender at Appomattox As a strictly military history, The Longest Night covers hundreds of engagements, both well known and obscure, including the oft neglected Western theater and naval actions along the coasts and rivers The result is a gripping popular history that will fascinate anyone just learning about the Civil War while offering than a few surprises for longtime students Drawing on hundreds of sources and excerpts from correspondence by those who fought the war, The Longest Night conveys a real sense of life and death on the battlefield In addition, Eicher analyzes each side s evolving strategy examines the tactics of Lee, Grant, Johnston, and Sherman and discusses significant topics such as prisons, railroads, shipbuilding, clandestine operations, and the role of African Americans in the war This is an indispensable chronicle of the war that James M McPherson, in the Foreword, calls the most dramatic, violent, and fateful experience in American history


Author David J Eicher




The Longest Night: A Military History of the Civil War Reviews (9)

  • A straightforward, well researched military history of the Civil War Eicher has a good command of the subject matter and he covers every major campaign and battle in detail and even some minor skirmishes, such as the ones that predated Bull Run Although the Virginia theater is often viewed as decisi [..]

  • It s just what it says it is a military history of the war, with only such politics as are really necessary, such as Antietam s impact on the Emancipation Proclamation and the capture of Alanta s effect upon the 1864 presidential election The big fights are obviously there, but the author also cover [..]

  • While my historical interest do not generally center the Civil War nor on military history in general, this book did a very good job of keeping my attention For a book on the military history of the Civil War, that is a rather remarkable achievements While there are large portions which very nearly [..]

  • A magnum opus of a tome from one of the most prolific and astute Civil War historians, Eicher presents an impeccable piece of historical scholarship in his Longest Night In a standard chronological model, Eicher goes into vivid detail historically, and practically, of the Civil War happenings on bot [..]

  • Must reference book for any Civil War buff Great companion to McPherson s Battle Cry of Freedom All the battle maneuvers, generals and their personalities are compiled in this exhausting study of just about every battle skirmish during the Civil War. [..]

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