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The Longest Night: A Military History of the Civil War

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Like no other conflict in our history, the Civil War casts a long shadow onto modern America," writes David Eicher. In his compelling new account of that war, Eicher gives us an authoritative modern single-volume battle history that spans the war from the opening engagement at Fort Sumter to Lee's surrender at Appomattox (and even beyond, to the less well-known but ...more
Hardcover, 992 pages
Published September 4th 2001 by Simon & Schuster (first published September 1st 2001)
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Brent McCulley
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A magnum opus of a tome from one of the most prolific and astute Civil War historians, Eicher presents an impeccable piece of historical scholarship in his 'Longest Night.' In a standard chronological model, Eicher goes into vivid detail historically, and practically, of the Civil War happenings on both sides of the war. Drawing from impressive primary sources, and sound historical scholarship, Eicher has written a must read for any serious historian of the American Civil War. A must read, ...more
Jerome
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A straightforward, well-researched military history of the Civil War. Eicher has a good command of the subject matter and he covers every major campaign and battle in detail (and even some minor skirmishes, such as the ones that predated Bull Run). Although the Virginia theater is often viewed as decisive, Eicher painstakingly covers all theaters and does a fine job putting them all into their strategic context. The maps are clear and detailed.

Eicher does cover such issues as medical procedures,
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Gerry Germond
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: civil-war
It's just what it says it is: a military history of the war, with only such politics as are really necessary, such as Antietam's impact on the Emancipation Proclamation and the capture of Alanta's effect upon the 1864 presidential election. The big fights are obviously there, but the author also covers smaller actions such as occurred in the Trans-Mississippi theater and throughout the country. Didja know J.E.B. Stuart actually got good and licked once in 1861? at Dranesville, Dec. 20, suffering ...more
Charles M.
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must reference book for any Civil War buff! Great companion to McPherson's "Battle Cry of Freedom". All the battle maneuvers, generals and their personalities are compiled in this exhausting study of just about every battle/skirmish during the Civil War.
William Purves
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second read. Very detailed account of military operations in the ACW.
Jamie Campbell
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As with "A World Undone," (which deals with WWI) this book is an excellent example of a one volume popular history.
Shannon
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fairly solid military history of the American Civil War, blessedly free of any Lost Cause crap. Good read all around, if a bit of a slog because of the sheer volume and denseness of information.
David Withun
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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