1861: The Civil War Awakening

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1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. It reflects the fact of recognition that the 150th anniversary of this defining national drama and trauma is upon us. The book introduces readers to a heretofore little-known cast of Civil War heroes - among them an acrobatic militia colonel, an explorer's wife, an idealistic band of German immigrants, a regiment of New York City firemen, a community of Virginia slaves, and a young college professor who would one day become president. Adam Goodheart takes readers from the corridors of the White House to the slums of Manhattan, from the mouth of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada, from Boston Commons to Alcatraz Island, vividly evoking the Union at this moment of ultimate crisis and decision. Notes, Bibliography, Index. 481p.

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  • Civil War, Civil Awesome!

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    One of the best books I read in 2011 was 1861: The Civil War Awakening an in-depth look at the opening year of the American Civil War chronicling the shots fired on Fort Sumter, James Buchanan's bumbling, Lincoln's inauguration, the battle for California, etc. 1861 reads like an epic novel with a wide cast of characters and yet, Goodheart manages to keep everything intimate and orderly, driving the narrative forward towards the precipice of succession and civil unrest. Goodheart strongly illustrates how Americans in the 19th century truly saw themselves as living in revolutionary times, when they could change the course of History and their country through a fierce determination and fiery advocacy. My only hope is that Mr. Goodheart does a book for each following year until the war's conclusion in 1865.