Civil War America: Voices from the Home Front by James Marten

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Civil struggle the United States: Voices from the house entrance КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: ABC-CLIOАвтор(ы): James MartenЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2003Количество страниц: 361ISBN: 1-57607-237-1Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 6,63 mbThe writer of an acclaimed account of the lives of youngsters within the Civil struggle, Marten right here presents a extra finished creation to the civilian historical past of the Civil battle. Concise, vividly written chapters describe the house entrance during the lives of people and the histories of occasions and associations within the North and South. The tales are geared up round 5 huge topics: the Northern domestic entrance, the Southern domestic entrance, childrens, African americans, and the conflict aftermath. The case reviews characteristic voices of the well-known, like Edmund Riffin and Booker T. Washington, yet extra usually they give the testimony of standard males, ladies, and youngsters. a great combination of conventional narrative, case experiences, and person tales, Civil conflict the United States is a important source for college students and their lecturers trying to comprehend the numerous ways that the Civil battle used to be actually a humans battle. RAPIDили IFOLDER zero

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The three women who produced the documents considered in this chapter reveal a mixture of hope and honor, despair and resignation, and pluck and courage shared by many Southerners. Through their eyes the six-week-long siege of Vicksburg becomes a microcosm of the Southern home front. Although the actual siege of Vicksburg lasted for only the month and a half prior to July 4, 1863, the day on which the city was surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant, the campaign for the “Gibraltar of the Confederacy” had begun more than a year earlier.

In addition to offering the nuts and bolts of plantation life and of the Civil War home front, Kate’s diary is valuable for revealing the mindset of a young, wellto-do Southern woman. Kate was a fairly introspective person, and frequently described her own attitudes and shortcomings. In the same paragraph in which she calls an acquaintance “a regular witch of an old lady with the most apologetic, deprecating air,” she scolds herself: “now is not it mean of me to write in that way of that harmless old lady .

The following spring, Grant marched his army down the west bank of the river, and Union gunboats forced their way past the Vicksburg batteries. The land- and river-based forces met below Vicksburg, where Grant crossed the river on May 1, marched inland to Jackson, defeated several small Confederate forces, and bottled up Vicksburg from the east. By May 19, the Union army was on the outskirts of the city, and although two frontal attacks against the Confederate defenses failed, they would sustain a short, tight siege that would sap the energy and will of the defenders and of the civilians trapped among the bluffs and streets of the sprawling city.

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