Lincoln’s Citadel: The Civil War in Washington, DC

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Washington, dc, sat on the front lines of the Civil War. These early years in Washington proved formative for Lincoln. In 1861, now in the white house, lincoln could gaze out his office window and see the Confederate flag flying across the Potomac. The stirring history of a president and a capital city on the front lines of war and freedom.

In the late 1840s, Representative Abraham Lincoln resided at Mrs. The unusually rapid turnover in the enslaved staff suggested that there were frequent escapes north to freedom from Abolition House, likely a cog in the underground railroad. In 1863, a freedman’s village rose on the grounds of the Lee estate, where the Confederate flag once flew.

Lincoln's Citadel: The Civil War in Washington, DC #ad - The president and Mrs. He saluted the “one-legged brigade” assembled outside the White House as “orators, ” their wounds eloquent expressions of sacrifice and dedication. Here is the vivid story of how the Lincoln administration met the immense challenges the war posed to the city, transforming a vulnerable capital into a bastion for the Union.

The lincoln administration took strict measures to tighten security and established camps to provide food, shelter, and medical care for contrabands. On the crossroads of slavery and freedom, the city was a refuge for thousands of contraband and fugitive slaves. Lincoln personally comforted the wounded troops who flooded wartime Washington.

In 1862, lincoln spent july 4 riding in a train of ambulances carrying casualties from the Peninsula Campaign to Washington hospitals.

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"They Have Killed Papa Dead": The Road to Ford's Theatre, Abraham Lincoln's Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance

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Skyhorse Publishing #ad - With an unwavering fidelity to historical accuracy, pitch provides confirmation of threats against the president-elect’s life as he traveled to Washington by train for his first inauguration, and a vivid personal account of John Wilkes Booth being physically restrained from approaching Lincoln at his second inauguration.

"They Have Killed Papa Dead": The Road to Ford's Theatre, Abraham Lincoln's Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance #ad - Reminds us that the president’s murder was a personal tragedy as well as a public catastrophe. The washington Post. Delves into the fevered world of John Wilkes Booth.  .  .  . Perhaps most chillingly, details come to light about conditions in the special prison where the civilian conspirators accused of participating in the Lincoln assassination endured tortuous conditions in extreme isolation and deprivation, hooded and shackled, before and even during their military trial.

Pitch turns the tragedy into a great American true-crime story. Entertainment weekly   “A worthy contribution to the vast literature on Lincoln .  .  . A treat for the Lincoln fanatic” USA Today. Anthony S.

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Sons of the White Eagle in the American Civil War: Polish Officers on Both Sides of the War Between the States

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Casemate #ad - The two of the youngest generation came of age just as the Civil War began, entered military service as enlisted men and finished as officers. They span three generations and are connected by culture, nationality and adherence to their principles and ideals. All but one came from aristocratic backgrounds.

In a war commonly categorized as a “brother against brother, ” a struggle between two American regions, history has not devoted a great deal of attention to the participation of Poles, and foreigners in general. This book describes nine transplanted Poles who participated in the Civil War. These men fought with a belief in European democratic liberalism.

Sons of the White Eagle in the American Civil War: Polish Officers on Both Sides of the War Between the States #ad - The common thread that runs through their lives—the polish White Eagle—is that they came from a country that had basically disintegrated at the end of the previous century, yet they carried the concepts of freedom they inherited from their forefathers to the New World to which they immigrated. Once in america the pre-war political feuds, captures, ferocious ensuing battles, prison camp escapes and privations of war—often in the words of the soldiers themselves—are fully described.

Of the group, four sided with the North and four with the South, and the other began in the Confederate cavalry and finished fighting for the Union side. More highly trained in warfare than their American brethren—and certainly more inured to struggles for nationhood— the Poles made a more significant contribution to Civil war combat than is usually described.

Whether for the north to keep a union together or to form a new nation from the Southern states, they held to their ideals, and in America’s own greatest conflict continued to fight for their beliefs. Nominated for the Gilder Lehrman Prize.

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Special Operations in the American Revolution

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Casemate #ad - Indeed, washington’s army suffered defeat after defeat in the first few years of the war, fighting bravely but mainly trading space for time. As this book establishes, the improvisation inherent in the American spirit proved itself well during the Revolution, continuing to stand as an example for our future martial endeavors.

Throughout the war, what we today call specOps were an integral part of American strategy, and many of the lessons learned and tactics used at the time are still studied by modern day Special Operations forces. When the american revolution began, the colonial troops had little hope of matching His Majesty’s highly trained, experienced British and German legions in confrontational battle.

Realizing that the small american fleet was no match for the powerful British navy in major sea battles, the new Navy and its Marines focused on disrupting British commercial shipping in the Atlantic and Caribbean, and launching raids against British on-shore installations first in the Bahamas and then on the British coastline itself.

Special Operations in the American Revolution #ad - As the war continued, washington increasingly relied on special operations forces in the northeast as well as in the Carolinas, and ad hoc frontiersmen to defy British sovereignty inland. Most of the operations were conducted by American irregulars and volunteers, carefully selected, with specialized skills, and led by leaders with native intelligence.

When the british and their indian allies began to wage war on American settlements west of the Appalachians, Washington had to again rely on partisan and militias to conduct long-range strikes and raids targeting enemy forts and outposts. While general washington endeavored to confront the Empire on conventional terms—for pure pride’s sake at the founding of the Republic--he meantime relied on his small units to keep the enemy off balance.

However, in a reservoir of tough, who were brave beyond compare, the Americans did have a trump, self-reliant frontier fighters, and entirely willing to contest the King’s men with unconventional tactics.

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The Transcontinental Railroad

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New Word City, Inc. #ad - On may 10, the golden spike linked the central Pacific Railroad with the Union Pacific Railroad at Promontory Point, 1869, Utah. When herds of buffalo ripped up the tracks, the men of the Union Pacific brutally slaughtered tens of thousands of them. Thus the legend of Buffalo Bill was born. While his partners finagled in washington and on wall street, a Cossack hat, and shining cavalry boots and carrying a pistol and a bullwhip, Jack Casement, dressed in a fur coat, a former Union general, drove the workers of the Union Pacific to new track-laying records.

When ice delayed operations in the Sierra Nevadas, the men of the Central Pacific formed the Summit Ice Company and sold their problem to California saloons. Most important, it united a nation. The story of the railroad is capitalist theater, starring powerful politicians and generals and con artists. The transcontinental Railroad is an epic of every sense.

The Transcontinental Railroad #ad - Meanwhile, climbed, thousands of Chinese immigrants blasted, from the West, and inched their way through the perilous California mountains. The railroad transformed the country forever. The dream of a railroad across America had at last come true. It augmented the timber and steel industries; it opened up the West for commerce.

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Lee: A Biography

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Skyhorse #ad - We have also published survivor stories of World War II, first-hand tales of adventure, memoirs about overcoming adversity, and much more. It was after the fighting was over that Dowdey believes Lee made his most significant and neglected achievement. Lee is well known as a major figure in the Civil War.

Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, as well as villains from history, John Wayne Gacy, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, such as Heinrich Himmler, and O. In a detailed study of lee's growth in the mastery of the techniques of war, he shows his early mistakes, the nature of his seemingly intuitive powers, the limitations imposed by his personal character and physical decline, and the effect of this character on the men with whom he created a legendary army.

Lee: A Biography #ad - . As a symbol of the defeated people, advocated rebuilding a New South, he rose above all hostilities and, in the wreckage of his own fortunes, for which he set the example with his progressive program in education. The essence of lee's tragedy was the futility of his efforts toward the harmonious restoration of the Republic with the dissensions of the past forgotten.

Skyhorse publishing, and yucca imprints, along with our Arcade, autobiographies, Good Books, Sports Publishing, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, and memoirs. General Robert E. Simpson. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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Custer: The Making of a Young General

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Skyhorse #ad - More than just a history book, his character and personality; his attitudes toward leadership; his tactical preferences, Custer: The Making of a Young General is a study of Custer's formative years, especially for the mounted charge; his trademark brashness and fearlessness; his relations with his subordinates; and his attitudes toward the enemy with whom he clashed repeatedly in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

In 1863, commander of the army of the potomac's horsemen, under the patronage of General Alfred Pleasonton, a young but promising twenty-three-year-old Custer rose to the unprecedented rank of brigadier general and was placed in charge of the untried Michigan Calvary Brigade. Although over time custer would bring out excellence in his charges, then Hunterstown, eventually leading the Wolverines to prominence, his first test came just days later at Hanover, and finally Gettysburg.

Custer: The Making of a Young General #ad - Custer goes into greater depth and detail than any other study of Custer's Civil War career, while firmly refuting many of the myths and misconceptions regarding his personal life and military service. In these campaigns and subsequent ones, Custer's reputation for surging ahead regardless of the odds almost always with successful results that appeared to validate his calculating recklessness was firmly established.

Longacre provides fascinating insight into this often-overlooked period in Custer's life. But before his time in the West, Custer began his career fighting for the Union in the Civil War. In custer: the making of a Young General, legendary Civil War historian Edward G. The name george armstrong custer looms large in American history, specifically for his leadership in the American Indian Wars and unfortunate fall at the Battle of Little Bighorn.

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Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railro

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - An important book of epic scope on America's first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for changeThe civil war brought to a climax the country's bitter division. Interweaving thrilling personal stories with the politics of slavery and abolition, Bound for Canaan shows how the Underground Railroad gave birth to this country's first racially integrated, religiously inspired movement for social change.

. But the beginnings of slavery's denouement can be traced to a courageous band of ordinary Americans, black and white, who joined forces to create what would come to be known as the Underground Railroad, slave and free, a movement that occupies as romantic a place in the nation's imagination as the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Bound for Canaan: The Epic Story of the Underground Railro #ad - Against a backdrop of the country's westward expansion arose a fierce clash of values that was nothing less than a war for the country's soul. The true story of the Underground Railroad is much more morally complex and politically divisive than even the myths suggest. Not since the american revolution had the country engaged in an act of such vast and profound civil disobedience that not only challenged prevailing mores but also subverted federal law.

Bound for canaan tells the stories of men and women like david Ruggles, who invented the black underground in New York City; bold Quakers like Isaac Hopper and Levi Coffin, who risked their lives to build the Underground Railroad; and the inimitable Harriet Tubman.

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Reign of Iron: The Story of the First Battling Ironclads, the Monitor and the Merrimack

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - Nelson, acclaimed author of the brethren of the Coast trilogy, brilliantly recounts the story of these magnificent ships, the men who built and fought them, and the extraordinary battle that made them legend. At the outbreak of the civil war, North and South quickly saw the need to develop the latest technology in naval warfare, the ironclad ship.

. After a year-long scramble to finish first, blundering and genius, the two ships -- the Monitor and the Merrimack -- after a four-hour battle, in a race filled with intrigue and second guessing, ended the three-thousand-year tradition of wooden men-of-war and ushered in "the reign of iron. In the first major work on the subject in thirty-five years, novelist, historian, and tall-ship sailor James L.

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The Battle of Gettysburg

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New Word City, Inc. #ad - Firsthand accounts humanize generals and individual soldiers of the Blue and Gray who fought for their lives, their homes, and their convictions. This is the story of Gettysburg as it has never been told before. This stunning narrative of the epic Battle of Gettysburg begins with the clash of Union and Confederate armies at Chancellorsville and concludes with Robert E.

The Battle of Gettysburg #ad - Award-winning historian Craig L. Lee's retreat through Pennsylvania and escape across the Potomac. Symonds recounts the events of three hot, brutal days in July when Americans struggled battled one another across a dozen square miles of rolling Pennsylvania countryside. Symonds details the military strategy of both sides, including the Confederate decision to invade the North, finally, and, the cat-and-mouse game in Maryland and Pennsylvania, the terrible clash of arms on the hills and fields of Gettysburg.

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The Statue of Liberty

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New Word City, Inc. #ad - Introduction by david mcculloughthe first truly comprehensive history of America's most compelling symbol, the Statue of Liberty, is the result of more than three years of research. The authors, and combed through more than 100 museums, 000 people, sought out original sources, Christian Blanchet and Bernard Dard, collections, interviewed over 1, and libraries to compile this definitive history.

The Statue of Liberty #ad - Here is the little-known story of the statue's origins and the people who brought it to completion – such as Édouard de Laboulaye, engineering genius Gustave Eiffel, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, who wanted to give the United States a gift that would both commemorate a friendship and make a political statement, and above all, the visionary sculptor who gave form to the idea of this colossal statue.

A consummate entrepreneur, politician, bartholdi almost single-handedly sold his idea to a skeptical, and fundraiser, unfriendly American public, and at times, who would later come to idolize his statue as a symbol of freedom and acceptance.

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