1858: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant and the War They Failed to See (Google eBook)

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Sourcebooks, Inc., Sep 1, 2011 - History - 384 pages
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PRAISE FOR 1858

"Highly recommended-a gripping narrative of the critical year of 1858 and the nation's slide toward disunion and war...Readers seeking to understand how individuals are agents of historical change will find Chadwick's account of the failed leadership of President James Buchanan especially compelling."
-G. Kurt Piehler, author of Remembering War the American Way

"Chadwick's excellent history shows how the issue of slavery came crashing into the professional, public, and private lives of many Americans...Chadwick offers a fascinating premise: that James Buchanan, far from being a passive spectator, played a major role in the drama of his time. 1858 is a welcome addition to scholarship of the most volatile period of American history."
-Frank Cucurullo, Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

As 1858 dawned, the men who would become the iconic figures of the Civil War had no idea it was about to occur: Jefferson Davis was dying, Robert E. Lee was on the verge of resigning from the military, and William Tecumseh Sherman had been reduced to running a roadside food stand. By the end of 1858, the lives of these men would be forever changed, and the North and South were set on a collision course that would end with the deaths of 630,000 young men.

This is the story of seven men on the brink of a war that would transform them into American legends, and the events of the year that set our union on fire.

  

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Review: 1858: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant and the War They Failed to See

User Review  - John Hamilton - Goodreads

Very informative and easy to read and follow. I learned some fascinating detail about these historical figures that makes them much more real. All written without much of the arrogance and judgmental ... Read full review

Review: 1858: Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant and the War They Failed to See

User Review  - Lee - Goodreads

This was a good read. It tells the tale of 1858 2 years before the election of Lincoln that leads to the Civil War. It tells the tale of the various players and what they did in this year. The book ... Read full review

Contents

The White House New Years Day 1858
1
The Death of Jefferson Davis
15
The White House Early 1958 One Year of Dred Scott
47
Colonel Robert E Lee Leaves the Military Forever
53
The White House February 1858 Showdown with Stephen Douglas
81
Honest Abe and The Little Giant The LincolnDouglas Debates Part One
97
The White House July 1858
115
Honest Abe and The Little Giant The LincolnDouglas Debates Part Two
121
William Seward The Irrepressible Conflict
177
The White House Election Day
209
William Tecumseh Sherman DeadEnded
219
The White House Winter 1858 Swashbuckling in the Americas
241
Terrible Swift Sword John Browns Christmas Raid Into Missouri
255
The White House December 1858
287
Epilogue
291
Bibliography
301

The White House Autumn 1858 The Forney Feud
135
Oberlin Ohio The Rescuers
141
ILLUSTRATIONS
171
The White House October 1858
173
Endnotes
309
Index
339
Back Cover
359
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About the author (2011)

Bruce Chadwick is a former journalist and author of eight works of history including The First American Army, George Washington's War, The General and Mrs. Washington, Brother Against Brother, Two American Presidents, Traveling the Underground Railroad, The Reel Civil War, and Lincoln for President. He lectures in American history at Rutgers University and also teaches writing at New Jersey City University.

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