Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Penguin history)

By James M McPherson

Published by Penguin (1990)

McPherson recounts the momentous episodes that preceded the Civil War including the Dred Scott decision, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry. From there it moves into a masterful chronicle of the war itself--the battles, the strategic maneuvering by each side, the politics, and the personalities.

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