This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War

Paperback | October 19, 2009

byJames M. McPherson

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The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom and the New York Times bestsellers Crossroads of Freedom and Tried by War, among many other award-winning books, James M. McPherson is America's preeminent Civil War historian. In this collection of provocative and illuminatingessays, McPherson offers fresh insight into many of the enduring questions about one of the defining moments in our nation's history. McPherson sheds light on topics large and small, from the average soldier's avid love of newspapers to the postwar creation of the mystique of a Lost Cause in the South. Readers will find insightful pieces on such intriguing figures as Harriet Tubman, John Brown, Jesse James, and William TecumsehSherman, and on such vital issues as Confederate military strategy, the failure of peace negotiations to end the war, and the realities and myths of the Confederacy. This Mighty Scourge includes several never-before-published essays--pieces on General Robert E. Lee's goals in the Gettysburgcampaign, on Lincoln and Grant in the Vicksburg campaign, and on Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief. All of the essays have been updated and revised to give the volume greater thematic coherence and continuity, so that it can be read in sequence as an interpretive history of the war and its meaning forAmerica and the world. Combining the finest scholarship with luminous prose, and packed with new information and fresh ideas, this book brings together the most recent thinking by the nation's leading authority on the Civil War.

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The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom and the New York Times bestsellers Crossroads of Freedom and Tried by War, among many other award-winning books, James M. McPherson is America's preeminent Civil War historian. In this collection of provocative and illuminatingessays, McPherson offers fresh insight into man...

James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University. He has published numerous volumes on the Civil War, including Lincoln and the Second American Revolution, Drawn with the Sword: Reflections on the American Civil War, and For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, whic...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:October 19, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefacePart I: Slavery and the Coming of War1. And the War Came2. Escape and Revolt in Black and WhitePart II: The Lost Cause Revisited3. The Confederacy: A House Divided?4. Was the Best Defense a Good Offense? Jefferson Davis and Confederate Strategies5. The Saratoga That Wasn't: The Impact of Antietam Abroad6. To Conquer a Peace? Lee's Goals in the Gettysburg Campaign7. The Last Rebel: Jesse James8. 8 Long-Legged Yankee Lies: The Lost Cause Textbook CrusadePart III: Architects of Victory9. "We Stand by Each Other Always": Grant and Sherman10. The Hard Hand of War11. Unvexed the Sea: Lincoln, Grant, and the Vicksburg CampaignPart IV: The Home Front and Battle Front12. Brahmins at War13. "Spend Much Time in Reading the Daily Papers": The Press and Army Morale in the Civil War14. No Peace Without Victory, 1861-1865Part V: Lincoln15. To Remember That He Had Lived16. "As Commander-in-Chief I have a Right to Take Any Measure Which May Best Subdue the Enemy"