The Oxford Dictionary Of Civil War Quotations

Hardcover | August 15, 2006

byJohn D. Wright

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A definitive book of quotations with comments not only from generals (such as General Sherman's "War is hell,") and presidents (Lincoln's description of army recruitment/retention as "trying to shovel fleas. You take up a shovelful, but before you can dump them anywhere, they are gone,") butalso from ordinary soldiers (Sam R. Watkins' "A private soldier is but an automator, a machine that works by the command of a good, bad, or indifferent engineer, and is presumed to know nothing of all these great events,") and quotes from businessmen, wives and daughters (such as Southerner SarahMorgan's comment about Northern newspapers "There must be many humane, reasonable men in the North, can they not teach their Editors decency in this their hour of triumph") nurses, African Americans (both enslaved and free, such as John S. Rock, a lawyer in Boston), foreign observers (such asWilliam Howard Russell), and many others, this work will also include more contextual information than other books of Civil War quotations. Organized by topic and collecting quotations from people from different classes and with different perspectives on the conflict, The Oxford Book of Civil War Quotations should engage the casual reader as well as be an essential volume for the library of Civil War buffs. Thirty-five halftones willillustrate selected topics and individuals.

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A definitive book of quotations with comments not only from generals (such as General Sherman's "War is hell,") and presidents (Lincoln's description of army recruitment/retention as "trying to shovel fleas. You take up a shovelful, but before you can dump them anywhere, they are gone,") butalso from ordinary soldiers (Sam R. Watkins' ...

John D. Wright is a former reporter for Time Magazine. He has published several books, including The Language of the Civil War, and has contributed to more than 140 reference books.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 6.69 × 9.29 × 1.1 inPublished:August 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019516296X

ISBN - 13:9780195162967

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"A wide-ranging collection of Civil War quotes...A useful addition to library reference collections...Recommended."--Choice