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Hymns of the Republic the story of the final year of the American Civil War

by Gwynne, S. C. 1953-

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"S.C. Gwynne's Hymns of the Republic addresses the period from Ulysses S. Grant's appointment as general of all Union armies in March 1864 to the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox a year later."
The end begins
With malice toward all
The armies of spring
A wilderness of pain
Shovels and other weapons of war
One additional horror
A battlefield angel
A circus of ineptitude
The persuasive logic of gunpowder
An elaborate slaughter
The man who lost everything
The mind of Ulysses S. Grant
The war against Lincoln
Politics of the not-quite-real
Valley of fire
Backroads to fame
The moralist from hell
Uncle Billy's book of moments
Death ahead of them, death behind them
Richmond is burning
This bitter glory
The unbearable weight of history
Hell itself.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Creating suspense in recounting familiar events marks real talent in a historian; Gwynne does just this, covering in detail events of the Civil War's final year and giving his readers a real sense of wonder, even thrill. In vivid, bloody prose, he lays out the landscapes of the war's culminating battles, not sparing the reader the gut punch of inhuman horror such slaughter creates. The intimate connection of politics and battle in the increasingly war-weary North demanded Union victories if Lincoln were to win re-election in 1864. Generals Grant and Lee both used military prowess to support political agendas. Gwynne inventories the repeated abuses heaped on Black soldiers, who fought for freedom from slavery only to be confronted by physical and psychological cruelties stripping them of their full humanity. He finds words to convey the ghastly plight of wounded, dying soldiers. One inspiring story here is that of nurse Clara Barton, who tended the fallen in the field and then went bravely on to ensure the world learned the full extent of the crimes committed at Andersonville. A bibliography will aid readers in further research.--Mark Knoblauch Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Gwynne (Rebel Yell) homes in on the Civil War's last, brutal year with intelligent battlefield analyses and sympathetic, evenhanded portrayals of Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Clara Barton, and other major figures. Ambitious, humbly dressed Grant became the general of the Army of the Potomac and finally defeated the Confederacy through battlefield successes and jaw-dropping systematic devastation of the Shenandoah Valley and Atlanta, giving Lee generous terms of surrender at Appomattox. Lincoln struggled with years of Confederate victories, fresh political challenges from radical Republicans in the 1864 election, and the practicalities of multitudes of newly freed slaves. Throughout the narrative, Gwynne gives frank details on the thousands of African-Americans who toiled on both sides of the war, reminding the reader of the conflict's high stakes. The purposeful, powerful ending describes the horrific conditions in prisoner-of-war camps, pushing past the romantic mythologizing that was once common in writing about this devastating era. Gwynne excels in tightly focused storytelling, beginning most chapters with a well-chosen, often curiosity-provoking photograph. This is a must-read for Civil War enthusiasts. Agency: Amy Hughes, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner. (Oct.)"
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Subjects United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Participation, African American
Sherman's March to the Sea
United States History Civil War, 1861-1865.
Electronic books.
Civil War, 1861-1865
Civil War, 1861-1865.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Scribner2019
Other Titles Story of the final year of the American Civil War
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Language English
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ISBN 9781501116247
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