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Hearts Touched by Fire: The Best of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War
In July 1883, just a few days after the twentieth anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, a group of editors at The Century Magazine engaged in a lively argument: Which Civil War battle was the bloodiest battle of them all? One claimed it was Chickamauga, another Cold Harbor. The argument inspired a brainstorm: Why not let the magazine’s 125,000 readers in on the conversa ...more
ebook, 912 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Modern Library
(first published January 1st 2011)
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A mammoth volume from the publishers of Century magazine that was published in July, 1883 marking the twentieth anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. This large book contains stories by both Union and Confederate generals as well as staff officers from both sides that were eyewitnesses and were involved in certain battles from 1861-1865. From the Confederate attacked on Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor South Carolina to the surrender of Confederate general Robert E Lee to Union general Ulysse ...more
This volume is a selection of articles written by Civil War participants for Century Magazine in the late nineteenth century. These articles were later published in a multivolume work, Battles and Leaders of the Civil War. I gave this a four star rating because I'm not good at following all of the maneuvers of the units of armies; others will appreciate the detail. What I found most intersting were the accounts of the soldier's experiences under fire and, to a lesser extent, the baci-and-forth b ...more
This a collection of some of the articles written in the mid-1880 for Century Magazine. It was very interesting seeing the battles through the eyes of the commanders on the field. For simple historical impact I thought the various article by General Grant were the best . For just historical impact through I thought the article on the battle of Chickamauga was the best. In case there was any doubt these article make it clear that face saving blame finding and saying it was some one one else fault ...more
A compilation of essays on the Civil War first published in Century magazine in the 1880s, with a fascinating introductory piece by the great Harold Holzer who tells how these essays came about. Privates, generals, politicans all share their experiences of the War in fascinating detail. Year-by-year introductions by James McPherson and others provide context.
Interesting and unique. These are first person accounts of Civil War battles and leaders written about 20 years after the war and published in Century Magazine. Although somewhat uneven in quality, I really enjoyed the entries by Grant (Shiloh & Vicksburg) and Lew Wallace (Donaldson).
This book introduces the reader to the Civil War in a way that cannot be expressed. You might think you know the war and understand what it is about, but this is different. Good book, read, doubt and ask. That should always be the rule.
Jun 26, 2015 Rob rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Like many compilations, the quality varied from piece to piece, but there's no denying this is a critical primary source for studying the US Civil War from the perspectives of both sides.