In April 1861 the United States erupted into fighting at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, beginning what would become the most cataclysmic military struggle in the western world between Waterloo and the First World War. This volume of the Essential Histories series focuses on events in the Virginia Theatre during the first two year. It highlights the strengths and weaknesses of both sides, the leadership and strategies of each, and the ways in which battlefield events influenced politics, diplomacy, and debates about emancipation. Soft cover. 98 pages. Excellent b/w photos and drawings. Color plates show troop movements at the battles of First Manassas, Shenandoah Valley, the Peninsula, Second Manassas, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville.
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