Don't Know Much About the Civil War: Everything You Need to Know About America's Greatest Conflict but Never Learned (Don't Know Much About Series)

Don't Know Much About the Civil War: Everything You Need to Know About America's Greatest Conflict but Never Learned (Don't Know Much About Series)

Kenneth C. Davis

Language: English

Pages: 544

ISBN: 0380719088

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

“Highly informative and entertaining…propels the reader light years beyond dull textbooks and Gone with the Wind.”
San Francisco Chronicle

It has been 150 years since the opening salvo of America’s War Between the States. New York Times bestselling author Ken Davis tells us everything we never knew about our nation’s bloodiest conflict in Don’t Know Much About ® the Civil War—another fascinating and fun installment in his acclaimed series.

















tenements; and more fever-breeding…culs-de-sac are created as the demand for the humble homes of the laboring poor increases. Major George W. Nichols with General Sherman's headquarters staff, Cobb's Plantation, Georgia (November 23, 1864). General Sherman camped on one of the plantations of Howell Cobb. It was a coincidence that a Macon paper, containing Cobb's address to the Georgians as General Commanding, was received the same day. This plantation was the property of Cobb's wife, who was a

prohibited in all that part of the territory ceded by France, under the name of Louisiana, which lies north of thirty-six degrees thirty minutes north latitude, and not included within the limits of Missouri. And the difficulty which meets us at the threshold of this part of the inquiry is, whether Congress was authorized to pass this law under any of the powers granted to it by the Constitution; for if the authority is not given by that instrument, it is the duty of this court to declare it void

enlist in the Union army during the Civil War. 1847 January General Winfield Scott takes command of the Gulf expedition and orders nine thousand men from Taylor's force to attack Vera Cruz, a port city on the Gulf of Mexico. February The Battle of Buena Vista, Taylor, vastly outnumbered, defeats Mexico's Santa Anna, who retreats to Mexico City. Congress passes the Mexico appropriations without the Wilmot Proviso, leaving the question of slavery unresolved. During the debate, Senator Calhoun

whiskers seemed to curl with passion; but like some ferocious beast, that plays with its victim before he devours it, he kept back his strong impulse to proceed to immediate violence, and broke out into bitter railery. “Well, here's a pious dog, at last, let down among us sinners!—a saint, a gentleman, and no less, to talk to us sinners about our sins! Powerful holy crittur, he must be! Here, you rascal, you make believe to be so pious—didn't you never hear, out of yer Bible, ‘Servants obey your

1865. Now he was present at the capture of Richmond and the arrival of President Abraham Lincoln in the fallen Confederate capital. Coffin recounted: No carriage was to be had, so the President, leading his son, walked to General Weitzels' headquarters—Jeff Davis's mansion…. The walk was long and the President halted a moment to rest. “May de good Lord bless you, President Linkum!” said an old Negro, removing his hat and bowing, with tears of joy rolling down his cheeks. The President removed

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