In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863

In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863

By: Civil/Ayers, Edward L.

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Through a gripping narrative based on massive new research, a leading historian reshapes our understanding of the Civil War. OUR STANDARD CIVIL WAR HISTORIES tell a reassuring story of the triumph, in an inevitable conflict, of the dynamic, free-labor North over the traditional, slave-based South, vindicating the freedom principles built into the nation's foundations. Edward L. Ayers gives us a different Civil War, built on an intimate scale. He charts the descent into war in the Great Valley spanning Pennsylvania and Virginia. Connected by strong ties of every kind, including the tendrils of slavery, the people of this borderland sought alternatives to secession and war. When none remained, they took up war with startling intensity. As this book relays with a vivid immediacy, it came to their doorsteps in hunger, disease, and measureless death. Ayers's Civil War emerges from the lives of everyday people as well as those who helped shape history--John Brown and Frederick Douglass, Lincoln, Jackson, and Lee. His story ends with the valley ravaged, Lincoln's support fragmenting, and Confederate forces massing for a battle at Gettysburg.

Title: In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863

Author Name: Civil/Ayers, Edward L.

Categories: Military History*,

Publisher: 4/13/2012

ISBN Number: 0393057860

ISBN Number 13: 9780393057867

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: USED

Seller ID: 9780393057867

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