These are just some of the battlefields which, soon after the end of the Civil War, were set aside as memorials to "the brave men, living and dead," who took part in the war between the states.
Today, five score years and ten after the last shot was fired, the names still echo like a drumroll through the corridors of time, and millions of visitors every year stand transfixed, awed by the landscape's terrible majesty, where once the soldiers of the North and South gave their "last full measure of devotion."
Many of the most important sites, from Fort Sumter to Appomattox, are now National Parks, with markers and monuments pinpointing the location of specific events. This book, the essential guide to visiting the battlefields, has been edited by Civil War scholar Frank E. Vandiver, with features including:
-Official National Parks Service maps.
-Informative and authoritative historical text explaining the background to war and with analysis of the battles and events at each site.
-Eye-witness excerpts from generals' diaries to soldiers' letters from the front.
-Sketches and artwork by on-the-spot observers
-Stunning new photography of battle sites and landmarks.
-Statistics, facts, and figures.
-Points of interest the visitor can identify in the parks today.
-Park visitor information.
-Regional touring guides.
Frank E. Vandiver is a scholar of military history whose distinguished work has earned him fellowships and honors at both American and European universities. Dr. Vandiver is Chairman of the Board of the Mosher Institute for International Policy studies and President Emeritus of Texas A&M University. He is also that university's first Distinguished University Professor, a Rockefeller Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, a former Harmsworth Professor of American History at the University of Oxford, England and visiting professor at the United States Military Academy, West Point. Among his published works of military history are twenty books, including: Their Tattered Flags: The Epic of the Confederacy (Harper's Magazine Press, 1970-Jefferson Davis Award of the Confederate Memorial Literary Society; Fletcher Pratt Award), Mighty Stonewall (McGraw, 1957 -- Carr P. Collins Prize Texas Institute of Letters, 1958), and Black Jack: The Life and Times of John J. Pershing (Texas A&M University Press, 1977 -- Finalist, National Book Awards, 1978). In addition to his academic and writing commitments, he currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the American University in Cairo.
Descrizione libro Book Sales, 2002. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0785815074
Descrizione libro Book Sales, 2002. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0785815074