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

by Gwynne, S. C. 1953-

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Non Fiction NEW LP 973.7 GWYNNE
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  NEW LP 973.7 GWYNNE
A New York Times Bestselling AuthorThe fourth and final year of the Civil War offers one of that era's most compelling narratives, defining the nation and one of history's great turning points. Now, S.C. Gwynne's Hymns of the Republic addresses the time Ulysses S. Grant arrives to take command of all Union armies in March 1864 to the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox a year later. Gwynne breathes new life into the epic battle between Lee and Grant; the advent of 180,000 black soldiers in the Union army; William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the Sea; the rise of Clara Barton; the election of 1864 (which Lincoln nearly lost); the wild and violent guerrilla war in Missouri; and the dramatic final events of the war, including the surrender at Appomattox and the murder of Abraham Lincoln.Hymns of the Republic offers angles and insights on the war that will surprise many readers. Robert E. Lee, known as a great general and southern hero, is presented here as a man dealing with frustration, failure, and loss. Ulysses S. Grant is known for his prowess as a field commander, but in the final year of the war he largely fails at that. His most amazing accomplishments actually began the moment he stopped fighting. William Tecumseh Sherman, Gwynne argues, was a lousy general, but probably the single most brilliant man in the war. We also meet a different Clara Barton, one of the greatest and most compelling characters, who redefined the idea of medical care in wartime. And proper attention is paid to the role played by large numbers of black union soldiers -- most of them former slaves. They changed the war and forced the South to come up with a plan to use its own black soldiers.
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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Additional Information
Subjects Large type books.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Publisher Waterville, ME :2019
Edition Large print edition.
Other Titles Story of the final year of the American Civil War
Language English
Description 697 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 653-693).
ISBN 9781432872045
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