Essential Histories 04 American Civil War 1. The War in the East 1861 - May 1863. Paperback
The United States saw long-simmering sectional tensions erupt into fighting at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, in April 1861, beginning what would become the most cataclysmic military struggle in the western world between Waterloo and the First World War. This volume focuses on events in the Virginia theater during the conflict's first two years, highlighting Union and Confederate strengths and weaknesses, leadership and strategy on each side, and the ways in which events on the battlefield influenced politics, diplomacy, and debates about emancipation. Osprey Essential Histories are complete yet concise studies of each major conflict in history.
Introduction · Chronology · Background to war: Societal tensions divide the United Stages 1820-1860 · Outbreak: Election - Southern secession - creation of the Confederacy - Warring sides: Strengths and weaknesses of the Union and the Confederacy · The fighting: From First Manassas to Chancellorsville · Common soldiers: Federals and Confederates in camp and battle · Portrait of a soldier: Robert Augustus Moor, a Confederate soldier · The world around war: Northern and Southern society adjusts to the demands of war · Portrait of a civilian: Elizabeth Herndon Maury on the Virginia home front · How the period ended: An uncertain future