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Set between January 1862 and January 1863, this second installment in the ambitious Civil War series paints an unforgettable portrait of the year that turned a secessionist rebellion into a war of emancipation

Including eleven never-before-published pieces, here are more than 140 messages, proclamations, newspaper stories, letters, diary entries, memoir excerpts, and poems by more than eighty participants and observers, among them Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, George B. McClellan, Robert E. Lee, Frederick Douglass, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Clara Barton, Harriet Jacobs, and George Templeton Strong, as well as soldiers Charles B. Haydon and Henry Livermore Abbott; diarists Kate Stone and Judith McGuire; and war correspondents George E. Stephens and George Smalley. The selections include vivid and haunting narratives of battles-Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, the gunboat war on the Western rivers, Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Bull Run, Antietam, Iuka, Corinth, Perryville, Fredericksburg, Stones River-as well as firsthand accounts of life and death in the military hospitals in Richmond and Georgetown; of the impact of war on Massachusetts towns and Louisiana plantations; of the struggles of runaway slaves and the mounting fears of slaveholders; and of the deliberations of the cabinet in Washington, as Lincoln moved toward what he would call "the central act of my administration and the great event of the nineteenth century": the revolutionary proclamation of emancipation.

LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.

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STEPHEN W.SEARS, editor, is the author of George B. McClellan: The Young Napoleon; Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam; To the Gates of Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign; Chancellorsville; and Gettysburg. He has also edited The Civil War Papers of George B. McClellan.

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Christian Schlect
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The Fiery Trial
Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2012
A fine book on the second year of our nation''s epic conflict. A deft hand was at work here selecting telling passages from many different authors on many different incidents throughout a bloody 1862. Adhering roughly to chronological order, this book gives one an... See more
A fine book on the second year of our nation''s epic conflict.

A deft hand was at work here selecting telling passages from many different authors on many different incidents throughout a bloody 1862. Adhering roughly to chronological order, this book gives one an idea of the Civil War from multiple perspectives: the North and South; the common soldier and commanding general; civilians and politicians; slaves and masters; nurses; newspaper editorial writers; and European leaders. Informational notes to text are nicely and quietly done, while the selected authors are allowed to speak directly to us without modern filters.

This composite effort should inspire many of its readers to seek out other, more complete, histories on some of the key battles of 1862, such as Antietam and Fredericksburg, and biographies on that year''s vivid wartime personalities, for example on the difficult General George McClellan. And, in my view, many would truly benefit from additional reading on the powerful political and social forces that led that year to the Emancipation Proclamation.

If you want to know why Abraham Lincoln eventually won the battle of ideas, compare the short examples provided here of his clear, powerful prose to that of Jefferson Davis.

I think Stephen W. Sears, this volume''s editor, deserves awards.
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Steven PetersonTop Contributor: Baseball
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Nice companion volume to "The First Year. . ."
Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2012
This edited volume provides insights, through diaries, newspaper articles, letters, and so on, about the second year of the Civil War. This work follows on the heels of the first year. We get introduced to the thoughts of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, George... See more
This edited volume provides insights, through diaries, newspaper articles, letters, and so on, about the second year of the Civil War. This work follows on the heels of the first year. We get introduced to the thoughts of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, George McClellan, Edwin Stanton, Braxton Bragg, Jefferson David, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Robert E. Lee, and so on. Through their words, we get a sense of what was at stake and how protagonists in the bloody drama of the Civil War thought.

The first entry is from January 1862, with Frederick Douglass'' article in his own journal. It ends with a series of comments from different actors on January 1, 1863. Lincoln''s "Emancipation Proclamation" is included.

All in all, this is a valuable source of first person reflections on the sanguinary struggle. Going through this volume, entry by entry, provides a vivid sense of how individuals saw what was happening.

For those interested in the Civil War, this is a genuinely useful item for one''s library.
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jwiz
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The Civil War''s best articles.
Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2012
This entire series - which is on publishing schedule coinciding with each year of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, is absolutely outstanding. I found material here that I was not aware of and would take anyone years to find by traditional methods searching library... See more
This entire series - which is on publishing schedule coinciding with each year of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, is absolutely outstanding. I found material here that I was not aware of and would take anyone years to find by traditional methods searching library resources. The material is not necessarily mainstream Civil War history but is so relevant that it could only broaden anyone''s horizon on a variety of aspects of the Civil War. A must have for any serious scholar on the subject.
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Cathy Shaffer
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This is true Civil War history.
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2020
If you love reading about the Civil War, you will love these real life excerpts from the people who actually lived through the war.
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Red Bigly
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Two book set
Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2014
Great compilation of stories of the Civil War. One really gains a knowledge of what it was like to live through the trials and tribulations of a country torn asunder and divided even between family members. Some of the writing is stilted of course, but that is minor in the... See more
Great compilation of stories of the Civil War. One really gains a knowledge of what it was like to live through the trials and tribulations of a country torn asunder and divided even between family members. Some of the writing is stilted of course, but that is minor in the magnitude of topics and the participants.
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R. David Stamm
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History as it was actually lived
Reviewed in the United States on April 18, 2013
These are stories of the war as it happened and as seen by those living it. Highly recommended if you want to see the Civil War through the eyes of those who were there.
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Lawbyke
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This series is among the most fascinating I have ever ...
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2015
This series is among the most fascinating I have ever read. It has greatly increased my understanding of the war, slavery, and key figures such as Frederick Douglas.
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Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2015
great present
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William Jordan
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worthy sequel to the volume covering the first year - but with the same strengths and weaknesses
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 17, 2014
The civil war is getting really underway as 1862 kicks off and the story is told here as with the first volume by contemporary witnesses - diarists, journalists, combatants writing memoirs, novelists (Hawthorne encountering Lincoln and others; Louisa May Alcott volunteering...See more
The civil war is getting really underway as 1862 kicks off and the story is told here as with the first volume by contemporary witnesses - diarists, journalists, combatants writing memoirs, novelists (Hawthorne encountering Lincoln and others; Louisa May Alcott volunteering as a nurse after Fredericksburg) and poets (Walt Whitman visiting battlefields) and political speeches (by Lincoln and also by Jefferson Davies and so on). As with the first volume, I did not find all the pieces of equal merit - this is partly because I found the political developments more interesting than the accounts of battles. Also it''s just the case that the established writers do, for the most part, just write much better than their amateur counterparts. But this is a very impressive collection - and I found myself warming to volume 2 (on the basis of just skimming pieces of less interest to me) even more than to volume 1. So: recommended to other readers, though with the caveats above.
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Lynn Richardson
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A must read for Civil War enthusiasts
Reviewed in Canada on July 13, 2013
I love this series for so many reasons. They include actual speeches, letters, newspaper reports, discussions etc by every type of individual involved in the Civil War. It gives you a clear understanding about the life of a slave on the plantation, the women and children...See more
I love this series for so many reasons. They include actual speeches, letters, newspaper reports, discussions etc by every type of individual involved in the Civil War. It gives you a clear understanding about the life of a slave on the plantation, the women and children left behind to take care of family farms and homes, the ordinary soldier and officer and what went into maintaining both sides of the conflict. The book tells a story and the editors do not choose sides but let each chapter,written by the people involved,tell their views on the war and which way it is headed. The book adds substance to the people we already knew but wanted to know more. I have purchased all 3 in the series and will looking forward to the final book in the series. I think anybody with an interest in the Civil War would enjoy this book.
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