In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2003 - History - 472 pages
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Many histories of the American Civil War tell of the triumph of the dynamic, free-labour North over the traditional, slave-based South, vindicating the freedom principles built on the nation's foundations. charts the descent into war in the Great Valleyt spanning Pennsylvania and Virginia. Connected by strong ties of every kind, the people of this borderland sought alternatives to secession and war. It came to their doorsteps in hunger, disease and death. It ends with the valley ravaged, Lincoln's support fragmenting and Confederate forces massing at Gettysburg.
  

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Review: In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America 1859-1863

User Review  - Ted Hunt - Goodreads

Does one get the essence of a tapestry by looking at it from across the room or by examining it up close? This engrossing examination of the Civil War era (1859-1863) takes the second approach. It ... Read full review

Review: In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America 1859-1863

User Review  - Jordan - Goodreads

Very interesting read. Great insight into the mindset of the nation by focusing on two border counties in both Virginia and Pennsylvania. Packed with information, this book does a wonderful job of ... Read full review

Contents

List of Illustrations
xi
List of Maps
xv
Preface
xvii
GREEN PASTURES AND STILL WATERS Fall 1859 TO Fall 1860
1
PATHS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS Winter 1860 To Summer 1861
93
THE SHADOW OF DEATH Summer 1861 TO Summer 1862
189
THE PRESENCE OF MINE ENEMIES Fall 1862 To Summer 1863
277
Coda
416
Notes
419
Acknowledgments
455
Index
459
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