The Killer Angels (5)

  • Part 11
    "Thus ended the great American Civil War, which must upon the -whole be considered the noblest and least avoidable of all the great mass conflicts of which till then there was record."-Winston Chur...
  • Part 9
    He remembered the night in Arlington when the news came: secession. He remembered a paneled wall and firelight. When we heard the news we went into mourning. But outside there was cheering in the s...
  • Part 8
    "By damn, man, if there is one human being in the world less devious than Robert Lee, I aint yet met him. By God and fire. Colonel, but you amuse me." And yet Longstreet was not amused. He leaned f...
  • Part 6
    "We used to have visitors from the South before the war. It was always very polite. I never understood them, but we stayed off the question of slavery until near the end, out of courtesy. But towar...
  • Part 2
    Tom had come up with Chamberlain's horse. Over the heads of the prisoners Chamberlain could see the Regiment falling into line out in the flaming road. He took a deep breath."Well, I don't want to ...

Battle Cry of Freedom (10) 更多

  • Epilogue
    Four major turning points defined the eventual outcome. The first came in the summer of 1862, when the counter-offensives of Jackson and Lee in Virginia and Bragg and Kirby Smith in the West arrest...
  • Chapter 28
    Perhaps the most dramatic symbol of change occurred on February 1, the day after House passage of the 13th Amendment. On that day Senator Charles Sumner presented Boston lawyer John Rock for admiss...
  • Chapter 26
    Many Union soldiers had a chance to register their opinions at the ballot box. Here was a bold experiment in democracy: allowing fighting men to vote in what amounted to a referendum on whetherthey...
  • Chapter 22
    "Through the cannon smoke of that dark night," declared the Atlantic Monthly, "the manhood of the colored race shines before many eyes thatwould not see." The New York Tribunebelieved that this bat...
  • Chapter 20
    What kind of conscription was this, in which only 7 percent of the men whose names were drawn actually served? The answer: it was not conscription at all, but a clumsy carrot and stick device to st...
  • Chapter 15
    One reason for the high casualties of Civil War battles was the disparity between traditional tactics and modern weapons. The tactical legacy of eighteenth-century and Napoleonic warfare had emphas...
  • Chapter 10
    The appointment of political generals, like the election of company officers, wasan essential part of the process by which a highly politicized society mobilized forwar. Democracy often characteriz...
  • Chapter 4
    The founding fathers, said Lincoln, had opposed slavery. They adopted a Declaration of Independence that pronounced all men created equal. They enacted the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 banning slave...
  • Chapter 2
    free labor was more efficient than slave labor because it was motivated by the inducement of wages and the ambition for upward mobility rather than by the coercion of the lash; slavery undermined t...
  • Introduction
    In 1882 Samuel Clemens found that the Civil War remained at the center of southern consciousness: it was "what A.D. is elsewhere; they date from it." This was scarcely surprising, wrote Twain, for ...

What Hath God Wrought (4)

  • Chapter 15
    Still the Whigs had their impact on American society, although in ways less direct than national political control would have permitted. Through reform movements like that of Dorothea Dix, through ...
  • Chapter 13
    Andrew Jackson’s greatest legacy to posterity was the Democratic Party. His popular appeal had created it; the decisions he reached in the White House became its policies. Where John Quincy Adams,...
  • Chapter 11
    On July 6, 1835, the Great Chief Justice died, a few months short of his eightieth birthday. Although John Marshall’s nationalism had become unfashionable in his home state of Virginia, he remaine...
  • Chapter 20
    Monday morning, February 21, 1848, while Polk was explaining to his cabinet that he had received Trist’s treaty and intended to send it to the Senate for ratification, Adams attended the House of ...

The Things They Carried (1)

  • How to tell a true war story
    A true war story is never moral. It does not instruct, nor encourage virtue, nor suggest models of proper human behavior, nor restrain men fromdoing the things men have always done. If a story seem...

Six Frigates (2)

  • Epilogue
    It (the War of 1812) might have been avoided if not for bad luck and bungling diplomacy on both sides. Had a telegraph cable linked London and Washington in 1812, the war would not have been fought...
  • Chapter 15
    The Battle of Bladensburg, alsoknown as the Bladensburg Races, was by far the most ignominious defeat ever suffered by an American army in the field, up to that time and ever since. In fairness, ho...
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