The Civil War: The Second Year Told By Those Who Lived It (Library of America, Volume 221)
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Additional contributors: Lewis H. Steiner, James Richmond Boulware, Alpheus S. Williams, George W. Smalley, Rufus R. Dawes, David L. Thompson, Samuel W. Fiske, Clifton Johnson, Mary Bendinger Mitchell, Ephraim Anderson, L. A. Whitely, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oscar L. Jackson, Charles B. Labruzan, J. Montgomery Wright, Sam R. Watkins, Francis Preston Blair, George G. Meade, Orville H. Browning, Henry Livermore Abbott, Walt Whitman, Louisa May Alcott, George Templeton Strong, Cyrus F. Boyd, Samuel Sayer, Pearl P. Ingalls, Jacob G. Forman, Ira S. Owens, Lot D. Young, Ambrose E. Burnside, Benjamin Rush Plumly
The Library of America's ambitious four-volume series continues with this volume that traces events from January 1862 to January 1863, an unforgettable portrait of the crucial year that turned a secessionist rebellion into a war of emancipation. Including eleven never-before- published pieces, here are more than 140 messages, proclamations, newspaper stories, letters, diary entries, memoir excerpts, and poems by more than eighty participants and observers, among them Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, George B. McClellan, Robert E. Lee, Frederick Douglass, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Clara Barton, Harriet Jacobs, and George Templeton Strong, as well as soldiers Charles B. Haydon and Henry Livermore Abbott; diarists Kate Stone and Judith McGuire; and war correspondents George E. Stephens and George Smalley. The selections include vivid and haunting narratives of battles-Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, the gunboat war on the Western rivers, Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Bull Run, Antietam, Iuka, Corinth, Perryville, Fredericksburg, Stones River-as well as firsthand accounts of life and death in the military hospitals in Richmond and Georgetown; of the impact of war on Massachusetts towns and Louisiana plantations; of the struggles of runaway slaves and the mounting fears of slaveholders; and of the deliberations of the cabinet in Washington, as Lincoln moved toward what he would call "the central act of my administration and the great event of the nineteenth century": the revolutionary proclamation of emancipation.
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nurse’s assistance was declined, however. I had given trouble enough for one day, and had only interrupted those who were really worth something. A night’s vigil had been poor preparation for hospital work. I resolved I would conquer my culpable weakness. It was all very well,—these heroics in which I indulged, these paroxysms of patriotism, this adoration of the defenders of my fireside. The defender in the field had naught to hope from me in case he should be wounded in my defence. I took
Secretary at once of what had occurred. On receiving this information Mr. Seward immediately tendered his resignation. Mr. King suggested it would be well for the committee to wait upon the President at an early moment, and the President agreeing with him, Mr. King on Wednesday morning notified Judge Collamer the chairman, who sent word to the President that they would call at the Executive Mansion at any hour after six that evening, and the President sent word he would receive them at seven.
The committee came at the time specified and the President says the evening was spent in a pretty free discussion and animated conversation. No opposition was manifested towards any other member of the Cabinet than Mr. Seward. Some not very friendly feelings were shown towards one or two others, but no wish that any one should leave but the Secretary of State. Him they charged if not with infidelity with indifference, with want of earnestness in the War, with want of sympathy with the country in
away”: Massachusetts, March 1862 Frederick Douglass: The War and How to End It, March 25, 1862 “The lesson of the hour”: March 1862 Abraham Lincoln to George B. McClellan, April 9, 1862 “But you must act”: Washington, D.C., April 1862 Ulysses S. Grant to Commanding Officer, Advance Forces, April 6, 1862; to Julia Dent Grant, April 8, 1862; to Nathaniel H. McLean, April 9, 1862; to Jesse Root Grant, April 26, 1862; and to Elihu B. Washburne, May 14, 1862 Battle of Shiloh: Tennessee, April
talk to her boys & she has quit it— I had a long letter from Fanny She is in better health & spirits I sent you a long letter from her to Ship Island— They are all prospering again with the return of trade from Nashville where they are sending bread & meat for cotton & tobacco— in large quantities but secesh does all it can to conceal this revival of trade— they want the money but refuse to see the sources of their prosperity— May God enlighten them is my constant prayer when I think of southern