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A Vast and Fiendish Plot: The Confederate Attack on New York City

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New York City, November 25, 1864. Confederate officers attempt to destroy the city with a series of lethal fires that will forever diminish it to a mere speck of an island.
What fueled these Southern patriots' rage? And what if they had succeeded?


This terrifying scenario almost became a reality following what the New York Herald declared "a vast and fiendish plot." Infuria
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ebook, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Citadel (first published February 9th 2010)
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dirt
Jun 10, 2012 dirt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Learned Abe Lincoln pulled some jerk moves and had anyone against the war arrested as he suspended Habeas Corpus...

Fredrick Danysh
During the American Civil War following the murder of the unarmed Confederate General John Hunt Morgan by Union soldiers, a planned series of arson attacks were planned on Northern cities to include New York City. Besides an investigation into the plot, this work also gives a short biography of Morgan and a brief history of slavery in the United States with emphasis on the relationship between Southern planters and New York business. Here we have a look at a little written about event of the Civ ...more
Jason
Dec 04, 2014 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is really 3.5 stars and part of the lower rating is because of the galley copy I read was a little rough.

I enjoyed this story and the way the author told the story through almost bullet points of moments in history. I want to read more of the authors work to get a better idea of his overall style and point of view. My only really complaint is with the ending. It just comes to a screeching halt with a question that leaves the reader with nowhere to go. Not cool.
Will
Dec 20, 2014 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Will by: 164
Johnson takes us through a meticulous account of the Confederate plot to burn New York, and the wider story of Confederate underground operations. He includes an analysis of why the arson plot failed, and exactly how they SHOULD have done it. I was compelled to ask: What if a time traveller from American Will Break (The Guns of the South) reads this and takes it back to 1864
Clint Flatt
This is a very interesting book on the Confederacy Secret Service, its members and reasonings. It talks much more about the people and events leading up the attack on New York city that the attack itself which leaves you to wonder if it had gone as planned would things after that point in the war be any different.
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Fascinated by the American Civil War since the fourth grade, Clint Johnson has written eight books on the subject, including the acclaimed Civil War Blunders. Originally from Florida, he counts Confederate soldiers from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama among his ancestors. He is active as a Civil War re-enactor and has portrayed soldiers from both the South and the Union. In researching Pursuit, he s ...more
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