Download e-book for kindle: After the war : the lives and images of major Civil War by David Hardin

By David Hardin

ISBN-10: 1566638593

ISBN-13: 9781566638593

"Show me a hero and that i will write you a tragedy," acknowledged F. Scott Fitzgerald. probably no occasion in American heritage larger illustrates this view than the Civil battle and its significant gamers within the years after the clash. the worth of army glory and ties to greatness may flip towards the tragic even one of the victors—like earthquake survivors stumbling into one other international, easily attempting to make a brand new existence. Their fight will be a continuing tug again towards a destroyed previous, and a disagreement with the truth of being strangers of their personal land.

David Hardin's tales of 11 such figures are revealing and touching: the explosive romance among Jefferson Davis's daughter and the grandson of a Yankee abolitionist; the fight among the irreligious William T. Sherman and his religious Catholic spouse for the soul in their risky son; the bankrupt Ulysses Grant's heroic race to accomplish his memoirs and supply for his family members whereas demise of melanoma. those are one of the tales and other people in After the War, which additionally contains the Southern diarist Mary Chesnut, the luckless accomplice John Bell Hood, the occasionally Klan chief Nathan Bedford Forrest, the shopaholic Mary Lincoln, the gentlemanly Joe Johnston, the mythological Robert E. Lee, the underappreciated Union common George Thomas, and the plucky Libbie Custer, who defended her husband most sensible identified for his reckless catastrophe.

Whether Northerner or Southerner, their lives didn't finish at Appomattox. Their distinct results are a ceremonial dinner of irony and, jointly, a portrait of nationwide switch. With 11 black-and-white photographs.

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Grant served as a quartermaster during the Mexican War. He often took it into his own hands to get into the fight. He was sympathetic to the Mexicans and impressed by the country’s natural beauty. After his presidency he would be involved with the building of a railroad from Mexico City to the Rio Grande, but it would prove another of his business failures. Grant and Julia were married soon after the Mexican War ended in 1848. James Longstreet, a West Point and Mexico comrade before he became a Confederate general, was a groomsman.

Although promoted from lieutenant to captain, Grant’s commander was a martinet. Grant was drinking heavily and, under this cloud, in 1854 he resigned from the army. Fellow officers had to raise money for him to sail to New York. How far he had fallen is indicated by his efforts to reach Julia. He borrowed from a providential West Point friend, Simon Bolivar Buckner, to pay his New York hotel bill and buy a train ticket to Sackets Harbor. Grant hoped to collect from the store owner who also had returned from California.

His initials were deciphered as “Unconditional Surrender” Grant. Cigars poured in when a reporter described Grant—an occasional pipe smoker—as a cigar-clenching general. But Fort Donelson was a near thing. The capture of so many of the enemy owed as much to the incompetence of Buckner’s superiors as to Grant’s aggressiveness. Grant’s next battle, at Shiloh in Tennessee, was an even closer victory. The Southerners, commanded by Albert Sidney Johnston, caught Grant’s army by surprise and with its back to the Tennessee River.

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