This book delivers a fresh, personal, eyewitness account of America's most divisive war from the men and women who experienced it.
Amidst the many Civil War books about military strategy, Lincoln, the great generals, and infamous battles, lies a wealth of undiscovered personal stories from the men and women who actually lived during what is arguably America's most fascinating war. Prize-winning journalist C. Brian Kelly has collected the most riveting letters, diaries, eyewitness accounts, and autobiographies, weaving in pertinent historical background to create a factually compelling human interest lens of the Civil War.
Readers will discover, for example, that Ulysses S. Grant wrote as he approached his first battle, of his "heart... getting higher and higher until it felt to me as though it was in my throat." It seems the man who eventually defeated the Confederacy was as human as the rest of us.