Fort Sumter, Charleston, and the Beginning of the Civil War
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The six-month-long agony that began with Lincoln's election in November sputtered from one crisis to the next, and finally exploded as the soldiers at Sumter neared starvation. With little help from Washington, D.C., Major Robert Anderson, a soldier whose experience had taught him above all that war is the poorest form of policy, almost single-handedly forestalled the beginning of the war until he finally had no choice but to fight.
Skillfully re-created from a decade of extensive research, Allegiance exposes the passions that led to the fighting, the sober reflections of the man who restrained its outbreak, and the individuals on both sides who changed American history forever.
Praise For Allegiance: Fort Sumter, Charleston, and the Beginning of the Civil War…
"A splendid story of people, ordinary and extraordinary, living through
extraordinary experiences . . . Their story has never before been told so well."--James M. McPherson
"Historical reporting at its best."--Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Allegiance should take a place as the definitive word on the first moments of
our greatest national tragedy."--William C. Davis
Mariner Books, 9780156007412, 400pp.
Publication Date: April 12, 2002