The American Civil War

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 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.

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The American Civil War. edited by Gary W Gallagher. Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers,2001. Routledge History Online. Taylor & Francis.22 September 2017 <>