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The Civil War: The Final Year Told by Those Who Lived It

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After 150 years the Civil War still holds a central place in American history and self-understanding. It is our greatest national drama, at once heroic, tragic, and epic—our Iliad, but also our Bible, a story of sin and judgment, suffering and despair, death and resurrection in a “new birth of freedom.” The Civil War: The Final Year brings together letters, diary entries, ...more
Hardcover, 1024 pages
Published April 3rd 2014 by Library of America (first published March 6th 2014)
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robin friedman
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Civil War: The Final Year

Beginning in 2011, The Library of America has been publishing an annual volume of eyewitness accounts in commemoration of each year of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. This year, 2014, marks the final volume of the series, titled simply: "The Civil War: The Final Year Told by Those Who Lived It". Aaron Sheehan-Dean, Professor of Southern Studies at Louisiana State University edited the volume.

This volume offers first-hand source material on the Civil War begin
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Steven Peterson
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This represents the fourth volume in a book series--and the final one. What makes the series so powerful is the first person approach--using diaries, letters, and other primary material to provide a human face to the war. This volume begins with a brief essay setting some context for what is to follow.

Then, the material. The very first entry is from March, 1864. On March 8, Catherine Edmondston, a North Carolina resident, wrote of Judson Kilpatrick's raid (many referred to him as "Kill-cavalry"
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Amy
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This, the final volume in this series, tells the “story” of the final year of the Civil War by those who lived it. It begins in March 1864 and ends when the last slaves were freed in 1865.

Some interesting facts from this volume:

In a referendum held on June 8, 1861, Tennessee voters endorsed leaving the Union by 104,913 to 47,238. Secession was opposed by 70% of the voters in East Tennessee, a mountainous region with relatively few slaveholders and would remain bitterly divided between Secessioni
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3/5 - final book for class and some answers about the war !! Woo
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Christopher Sutch
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This final volume in the four-volume documentary history of the Civil War published by Library of America provides a terrific capstone to the set. The sources are from a variety of voices, most of the major events are represented by both Union and Confederate voices, and the editor provides several documents that are only available in archives. Much of the accounts, particularly in the last days of the war and after (the assassination of Lincoln) are still moving to read. This was a very impress ...more
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the butler-ould letter "exchanging prisoners" is great. ...more
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Aaron Sheehan-Dean is Fred C. Frey Chair of Southern Studies at Louisiana State University. His previous books include The Civil War: The Final Year Told by Those Who Lived It and Why Confederates Fought: Family and Nation in Civil War Virginia. He is currently editing the Cambridge History of the American Civil War.

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