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In the 135 years that have passed since the Civil War, almost every significant event has been discussed, detailed, or described in one way or another. Indeed, so much has been written that very little of what happened remains unknown. Many unusual stories are attached to the people and events of the Civil War. This is a collection of stories that still raise questions toda In the 135 years that have passed since the Civil War, almost every significant event has been discussed, detailed, or described in one way or another. Indeed, so much has been written that very little of what happened remains unknown. Many unusual stories are attached to the people and events of the Civil War. This is a collection of stories that still raise questions today, revealing subtle ironies and neglected insights about the war. However, many odd, peculiar, and unusual stories attached themselves to the people and events of the war. The Unknown Civil War is a collection of such stories, many of them about fascinating, little-known aspects of larger stories that have been ignored in the rush to stake out new scholarly insights about the war. The result is a genuine human-interest book about the war that does not ignore the political and military aspects but highlights a wealth of interesting facts that make for entertaining reading: How Abraham Lincoln prevented Maryland from seceding from the Union by sending Ben Butler into Baltimore to arrest pro-Southern legislators before they could vote. Draft dodgers shooting off toes or cutting off trigger fingers to avoid combat. Seamstress Elizabeth Keckly, who worked for both Varina Davis, wife of the future Confederate President, and Mary Todd Lincoln. Pro-slavery Unionist Parson Brownlow of Tennessee, one of many who adopted the slogan "The Union and Slavery." Union soldiers mistakenly bombarded by their own warships because army and naval signalmen were not taught the same code "language." A Union officer who ordered a slave hanged for not finding a safe passage across a rain-swollen river. The story behind the first battlefield reconnaissance photographs taken from the air. A cold-blooded killer who later won a Medal of Honor. The role of "life closers," men who marched behind the infantry lines and whose job was to shoot any man who quit when he was supposed to be on the move.


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In the 135 years that have passed since the Civil War, almost every significant event has been discussed, detailed, or described in one way or another. Indeed, so much has been written that very little of what happened remains unknown. Many unusual stories are attached to the people and events of the Civil War. This is a collection of stories that still raise questions toda In the 135 years that have passed since the Civil War, almost every significant event has been discussed, detailed, or described in one way or another. Indeed, so much has been written that very little of what happened remains unknown. Many unusual stories are attached to the people and events of the Civil War. This is a collection of stories that still raise questions today, revealing subtle ironies and neglected insights about the war. However, many odd, peculiar, and unusual stories attached themselves to the people and events of the war. The Unknown Civil War is a collection of such stories, many of them about fascinating, little-known aspects of larger stories that have been ignored in the rush to stake out new scholarly insights about the war. The result is a genuine human-interest book about the war that does not ignore the political and military aspects but highlights a wealth of interesting facts that make for entertaining reading: How Abraham Lincoln prevented Maryland from seceding from the Union by sending Ben Butler into Baltimore to arrest pro-Southern legislators before they could vote. Draft dodgers shooting off toes or cutting off trigger fingers to avoid combat. Seamstress Elizabeth Keckly, who worked for both Varina Davis, wife of the future Confederate President, and Mary Todd Lincoln. Pro-slavery Unionist Parson Brownlow of Tennessee, one of many who adopted the slogan "The Union and Slavery." Union soldiers mistakenly bombarded by their own warships because army and naval signalmen were not taught the same code "language." A Union officer who ordered a slave hanged for not finding a safe passage across a rain-swollen river. The story behind the first battlefield reconnaissance photographs taken from the air. A cold-blooded killer who later won a Medal of Honor. The role of "life closers," men who marched behind the infantry lines and whose job was to shoot any man who quit when he was supposed to be on the move.

36 review for The Unknown Civil War

  1. 5 out of 5

    Traci

    There were some very interesting stories, ones that I would like to use in future lessons. But some tidbits seemed to drag. Towards the end he used "small wonder" so much that it became very noticable. There were some very interesting stories, ones that I would like to use in future lessons. But some tidbits seemed to drag. Towards the end he used "small wonder" so much that it became very noticable.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Greg Van Vorhis

    This book had some great stories and insights. Some of this stuff I already knew, and some of it left more questions than it answered.

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