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Additional contributors: Lewis H. Steiner, James Richmond Boulware, Alpheus S. Williams, George W. Smalley, Rufus R. Dawes, David L. Thompson, Samuel W. Fiske, Clifton Johnson, Mary Bendinger Mitchell, Ephraim Anderson, L. A. Whitely, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oscar L. Jackson, Charles B. Labruzan, J. Montgomery Wright, Sam R. Watkins, Francis Preston Blair, George G. Meade, Orville H. Browning, Henry Livermore Abbott, Walt Whitman, Louisa might Alcott, George Templeton robust, Cyrus F. Boyd, Samuel Sayer, Pearl P. Ingalls, Jacob G. Forman, Ira S. Owens, Lot D. younger, Ambrose E. Burnside, Benjamin Rush Plumly

The Library of America's formidable four-volume sequence maintains with this quantity that strains occasions from January 1862 to January 1863, an unforgettable portrait of the an important yr that grew to become a secessionist uprising right into a struggle of emancipation. together with 11 never-before- released items, listed here are greater than a hundred and forty messages, proclamations, newspaper tales, letters, diary entries, memoir excerpts, and poems through greater than 80 members and observers, between them Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. provide, George B. McClellan, Robert E. Lee, Frederick Douglass, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Clara Barton, Harriet Jacobs, and George Templeton robust, in addition to infantrymen Charles B. Haydon and Henry Livermore Abbott; diarists Kate Stone and Judith McGuire; and warfare correspondents George E. Stephens and George Smalley. the decisions comprise vibrant and haunting narratives of battles-Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, the gunboat warfare at the Western rivers, Shiloh, the Seven Days, moment Bull Run, Antietam, Iuka, Corinth, Perryville, Fredericksburg, Stones River-as good as firsthand debts of lifestyles and demise within the army hospitals in Richmond and Georgetown; of the influence of conflict on Massachusetts cities and Louisiana plantations; of the struggles of runaway slaves and the mounting fears of slaveholders; and of the deliberations of the cupboard in Washington, as Lincoln moved towards what he might name "the vital act of my management and the good occasion of the 19th century": the innovative proclamation of emancipation.

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