Civil War

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Lincoln-Douglas debates

Civil War maps from the US Military Academy

Battle Summaries by Campaign includes images of Harper's Weekly newspapers.

Vicksburg topo

Gettysburg: northeast southwest

NPS maps of Fredericksburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Chancellorsville maps

Library of Congress: maps photos.

National Geographic interactive maps

The Civil War: A Narrative, by Shelby Foote

Vol 1: Fort Sumter to Perryville

1. Prologue -- The Opponents [3]
2. First Blood; New Conceptions [73]
3. The Thing Gets Underway [168]
4. War Means Fighting ... [277]
5. Fighting Means Killing [392]
6. The Sun Shines South [523]
7. Two Advances; Two Retreats [650]
8. Last, Best Hope of Earth [745]
List of Maps, Bibliographical Notes, and Index [811]

Vol 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian

1. Longest Journey [3]
2. Unhappy New Year [107]
3. Death of a Soldier [221]
4. The Beleagered City [323]
5. Stars in their Courses [428]
6. Unvexed to the Sea [582]
7. Riot and Resurgence [663]
8. The Center Gives [769]
9. Spring Came on Forever [870]
List of Maps, Bibliographical Note, and Index [967]

Vol 3: Red River to Appomattox

1. Another Grand Design [3]
2. The Forty Days [146]
3. Red Clay Minuet [318]
4. War is Cruelty ... [427]
5. You Cannot Refine It [627]
6. A Tightening Noose [735]
7. Victory, and Defeat [802]
8. Lucifer in Starlight [957]
List of Maps, Bibliographical Note, and Index [1061]


Amazon: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, paperback set, new hardcover set May 2006 release.

Note the symmetry of chapters. Gettysburg is at the center of the overall narrative.

Volume 1 closes with excerpts from Lincoln's message to Congress, December 1, 1862.

Volume 2 opens with Davis' journey west and includes excerpts from Jefferson Davis' speech to the Mississippi Legislature, December 26, 1862.

2.I.3 Death of a Soldier: ends with the battle of Chancellorville and the death of 'Stonewall' Jackson

2.II.1 The Beleagered City = Vicksburg

Stars in Their Courses

"Coincidence refused to mesh for the general who, six weeks ago in Richmond, had cast his vote for the long chance. Fortuity itself, as the deadly game unfolded move by move, appeared to conform to a pattern of hard luck. So much so, indeed, that in time men would say of Lee, as Jael had said of Sisera after she drove the tent peg into his temple, that the stars in their courses had fought against him." [audio Vol 2, Part 4: 1:42:22-48]

"They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera." 5 Judges 20 (Sisera)

Unvexed to the Sea

From a speech by Lincoln: "The signs look better. The Father of Waters again goes unvexed to the sea." (audio Vol 2, part 5, 2:57:16-21)

War is Cruelty ...

The center of this chapter is the battle of Atlanta.