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Hymns of the Republic : the story of the final year of the American Civil War / S.C. Gwynne.

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Breckenridge Public Library LARGE PRINT 973.7 GWY (Text) 33500013172523 New Available -
Climax Public Library LARGE PRINT 973.7 GWY (Text) 33500013172531 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781432872045
  • ISBN: 1432872044
  • Physical Description: 697 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
  • Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Thorndike Press, [2019]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 653-693).
Formatted Contents Note:
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.
Summary, etc.:
The 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'sHymns 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.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 September #2
    *Starred 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. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865.
Large type books.
HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
American Civil War (1861-1865)
United States.
Genre: History.

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