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The Untold Civil War: Little-Known Stories From the War Between the States

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Was Gettysburg a tactical success, or was the outcome determined by a far more mundane factor: access to fresh water? How did the need to spread information about the dead and wounded give rise to the U.S. Postal Service? Did President Lincoln really age so dramatically during the course of the war, or was a rare disease to blame for the shocking difference in images of hi ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by National Geographic Society
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Steven Peterson
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
The focus of this book, in the author's own words, is (Page 6): "a unique collection of true stories that dramatize something often left untold in accounts of campaigns and battles--the human side of war." A strength of this work (and a bit of a weakness) is its many vignettes. The down side? Often, these are quite brief and sometimes make one want to know even more about a person or subject. The book is richly illustrated, with many photos. Slick pages tell of a desire to present a richly made ...more
Ralph
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sounds like a cliche, but this truly is a book for both Civil War scholars and for folks who couldn't give a goober pea about history. This collection of Dr. Robertson's radio essays (from WVTF public radio in Roanoke, Va.) details fascinating stories from the everyday lives of soldiers, civilians and slaves -- all delivered in bite-sized pieces that make for easy, interesting reading. You can read one or 100 of them in one sitting. The pairing with beautiful artwork and historic photographs enr ...more
Tim
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have ever read on the Civil War! Dr. Robertson's eye for the smallest detail makes this a must read for any history buff! His insight into the lives of not only the front line soldiers but also the war weary politicians and the beleaguered family at home really makes this book one of the top Civil War books ever written!
Lowell
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A compilation of short stories with pictures and supporting information about the Civil War. Very well told without bias. I hear Professor Robertson is one of the most sought out lecturers at Virgina Tech. Our relatives loved the class they took from him and later their kids thought he was great too. Rates right up there with Shelby Foote.
Jen Wahl kilmer
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading a lot of these large coffee table type books lately, and I haven't to say, this one was awesome. Really great for civil war buffs, especially the ones who don't want to just read about the battles.
Joseph
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful 150th anniversary edition!
Galen Horton
Excellent read with many small stories that enhance your understanding of the Civil War, bringing it that much closer due to the close humanity of the stories.
John Cress
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It is collection of short 1 page articles on interested events of the Civil War and the photos were tremendous. A great coffee table book.
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