Additional contributors: Lewis H. Steiner, James Richmond Boulware, Alpheus S. Williams, George W. Smalley, Rufus R. Dawes, David L. Thompson, Samuel W. Fiske, Clifton Johnson, Mary Bendinger Mitchell, Ephraim Anderson, L. A. Whitely, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oscar L. Jackson, Charles B. Labruzan, J. Montgomery Wright, Sam R. Watkins, Francis Preston Blair, George G. Meade, Orville H. Browning, Henry Livermore Abbott, Walt Whitman, Louisa may well Alcott, George Templeton powerful, Cyrus F. Boyd, Samuel Sayer, Pearl P. Ingalls, Jacob G. Forman, Ira S. Owens, Lot D. younger, Ambrose E. Burnside, Benjamin Rush Plumly
The Library of America's bold four-volume sequence maintains with this quantity that strains occasions from January 1862 to January 1863, an unforgettable portrait of the an important 12 months that grew to become a secessionist uprising right into a warfare of emancipation. together with 11 never-before- released items, listed here are greater than a hundred and forty messages, proclamations, newspaper tales, letters, diary entries, memoir excerpts, and poems by means of greater than 80 contributors and observers, between them Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. supply, George B. McClellan, Robert E. Lee, Frederick Douglass, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Clara Barton, Harriet Jacobs, and George Templeton powerful, in addition to squaddies Charles B. Haydon and Henry Livermore Abbott; diarists Kate Stone and Judith McGuire; and conflict correspondents George E. Stephens and George Smalley. the choices contain bright and haunting narratives of battles-Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, the gunboat struggle at the Western rivers, Shiloh, the Seven Days, moment Bull Run, Antietam, Iuka, Corinth, Perryville, Fredericksburg, Stones River-as good as firsthand debts of existence and demise within the army hospitals in Richmond and Georgetown; of the influence of conflict on Massachusetts cities and Louisiana plantations; of the struggles of runaway slaves and the mounting fears of slaveholders; and of the deliberations of the cupboard in Washington, as Lincoln moved towards what he may name "the crucial act of my management and the good occasion of the 19th century": the progressive proclamation of emancipation.
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