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Ashes of Glory: Richmond at War

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  57 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
On the day the first shots of the Civil War were fired, a mob in Richmond clambered on top of the Capitol to raise the Confederate flag. Four years later, another flag was raised in its place while the city burned below. A thirteen-year-old girl compared the stars and stripes to "so many bloody gashes." This richly detailed, absorbing book brings to life the years in which ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published September 30th 1997 by Vintage (first published September 24th 1996)
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James Crabtree
Jun 30, 2016 James Crabtree rated it really liked it
Shelves: civil-war
This book does a good job of looking at Richmond as the war progressed, from its selection as the CSA's capital to its burning after the withdrawal of Lee's army. The author uses various vignettes to give the reader insight into the economics, safety, morale and population during the war years and as the war turned against the CSA. One of the few improvements I can think of would be to add a map.

Well worth reading, includes black and white photos.
Eric Atkisson
May 20, 2016 Eric Atkisson rated it it was amazing
One of the most refreshing accounts of the war I've read in a while, with a unique focus on the personalities and life of the Confederacy's capital during that time. Well worth the read for anyone interested in the history of the Civil War, Richmond, or both.
Ted Hunt
Jul 02, 2012 Ted Hunt rated it really liked it
A very readable and interesting account of the "home front" during the American Civil War. The actual fighting is addressed only as the armies approach Richmond, but details of life in the city are presented: the newspapers, the hospitals, the spies, among other topics, are addressed.
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