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The first thing liable to strike a modern reader of these pieces is their graceful eloquence. These stories were penned by people brought up on McGuffey Readers and the King James Version of the Holy Bible, and it shows. Yet there is also an admirable directness, and never any doubt as to the stakes of the contest. "We have full faith in the disposition and ability of Mr. Lincoln to meet the tremendous responsibility which rests upon him," states an article on Feb. 20, 1861, just after several states had seceded but before the real fighting began. "It can never be a matter of indifference, or of secondary moment to him, whether the Union is destroyed or not, nor is it possible for him, or for any one Black Converse High Tops Toddler
When the Civil War began, The New York Times was just coming into its own, and its reports filed by battlefield correspondents and culled from official dispatches still make for riveting reading. "The New York Times Complete Civil War" offers over 600 of these accounts in its 500 plus outsized pages, and an accompanying CD includes every wartime story the newspaper ever ran, over 10,000. The volume sweep is suitably broad, beginning with a review of Harriet Beecher Stowe "Uncle Tom Cabin" in 1854 and concluding with Reconstruction election returns from the 1870s.
One hundred and fifty years ago this month, the American Civil War began in earnest and stretched across five Aprils before the killing stopped. Numerous commemorative events are planned over the next four years, including lectures, exhibits and battle re enactments from Shiloh to Gettysburg to Chickamauga and every crossroads in between. There will also be an outpouring of Civil War books of varying quality, crowding the already groaning bookshelves devoted to the period. Two early titles in this coming Converse Rose Gold
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in his position, to attach more weight to the mere clamor of selfish and malignant partisans, than to the voice of the country which relies on him for deliverance from the dangers which threaten its existence."
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Whether you are a well read Civil War buff or just a casual reader interested in learning a little more about our defining national moment, both "The New York Times Complete Civil War" and "Guns of the Civil War" offer substantive information in digestible and attractive formats.
Mobile figures in several selections, including Admiral Farragut dispatch filed immediately after the Battle of Mobile Bay in August of 1864. "Fort Morgan opened upon us at ten minutes past 7 o Farragut reports, Converse Navy Leather High Tops "and soon after this the action became lively." By early September, Fort Morgan had surrendered unconditionally, and an editorial resoundingly declared: "The champions of our flag invariably refuse to accept anything short of an absolute yielding to it. They will have the rebel bunting lowered flat to the earth before making a single concession. "Guns of the Civil War" presents a highly illustrated, color overview of these and hundreds of other small arms in an extremely attractive format. The photographs of the weapons are beautifully composed, often with period artifacts and documents as backdrops, and stunning in their clarity. The weapons on display include such workhorses as the Springfield Rifled Musket (830,000 manufactured by 20 different outlets) and the .58 caliber 1863 Remington Zouave (named for the voluntary units that favored it, called Zouave for the baggy red trousers influenced by French military fashion that they wore) to more exotic pieces like the LeMat Revolver with its grapeshot barrel, and a small pinfire revolver with a menacing knife blade attached below the barrel (and a special scabbard to Converse White Low Cut On Feet
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