The first major history ever written on the first battle of the Civil War, this narrative describes the chaotic fighting by courageous amateurs that nearly resulted in Confederate independence.
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From the very first pages of this book, it's clear that historian William C. Davis is ready to deliver a gripping account of the first battle of the Civil War. He describes a female spy traveling with stolen information from Washington, D.C., to Confederate headquarters in Fairfax Court House, Virginia: "The whole scene so reeked of penny romance that it bordered on the ludicrous." Maybe so, but it's also real history, and Davis understands what many academic historians do not: a good history book needs to tell good stories. Davis has written many outstanding books on the Civil War era, and Battle at Bull Run is one of his earliest. It's also one of his best, and is perhaps the finest book available on how the Union's haughty overconfidence crumbled against Southern determination in a single afternoon. Confederate General Thomas Jackson earned his immortal nickname, "Stonewall," on that day, and the soldiers who fought under him showed the North that its cry "On to Richmond!" was a hollow one. Much of the book focuses on events leading up to the actual battle--how the two armies were hastily assembled, how each side found its leaders, and so on. This is a familiar tale, but probably never has been told as well as it is on these pages. --John J. MillerAbout the Author:
William C. Davis is the editor of Civil War Times Illustrated and the author of Breckinridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol; The Battle of New Market; Duel Between the First Ironclads; and The Orphan Brigade. He is one of the youngest and most talented experts writing today on the Civil War.
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Book Description Doubleday, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110385122616
Book Description Doubleday, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0385122616
Book Description Doubleday. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0385122616 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1057679