1861: The Civil War Awakening
As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began.1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a... show more
As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began.1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents’ faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal. It set Abraham Lincoln on the path to greatness and millions of slaves on the road to freedom.The book introduces us to a heretofore little-known cast of Civil War heroes—among them an acrobatic militia colonel, an explorer’s wife, an idealistic band of German immigrants, a regiment of New York City firemen, a community of Virginia slaves, and a young college professor who would one day become president. Adam Goodheart takes us from the corridors of the White House to the slums of Manhattan, from the mouth of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada, from Boston Common to Alcatraz Island, vividly evoking the Union at this moment of ultimate crisis and decision.
Publish date: April 5th 2011
Pages no: 481
Edition language: English
***I technically finished this on January 1st, but back-dated it by one day so I can keep my 2013 numbers clean.***A surprisingly great read that cover the first five to six months of 1861. Rather than focus on the military outbreak, or even the politics, the majority of the book looks at various p...
This book was EXCELLENT! The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is that it is an incredibly dry and slow read. I read roughly 20 pages per day before my mind would start to wander...well worth it though if you give it the time.
This was a very interesting book. Writing about a topic like the Civil War can be so cumbersome as there is so much information, so many angles and stories. I loved that Goodheart has taken a slice of the conflict and broken down, setting it all into context for the reader. 1861 details some of t...