Allegiance: Fort Sumter, Charleston, and the Beginning of the Civil War
Original and deeply human, this tense and surprising story, filled with indecisive bureaucrats, uninformed leaders, hotheaded politicians, and dedicated soldiers, is a clear and intimate portrait of the prolonged drama that unfolded at Fort Sumter and incited the first shot of the Civil War on April 12, 1861.
The six-month-long agony that began with Lincoln's election in November sputtered from one crisis to the next, and finally exploded as the soldiers at Sumter neared starvation. With little help from Washington, D.C., Major Robert Anderson, a soldier whose experience had taught him above all that war is the poorest form of policy, almost single-handedly forestalled the beginning of the war until he finally had no choice but to fight.
Skillfully re-created from a decade of extensive research, Allegiance exposes the passions that led to the fighting, the sober reflections of the man who restrained its outbreak, and the individuals on both sides who changed American history forever.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Big_Bang_Gorilla - LibraryThing
Being one of the author's three volumes describing the coming of the Civil War, a very interesting topic. The author writes and thinks very intelligently and entertainingly; one can ask very little more from popular history than he provides us here. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - SquireMike - LibraryThing
Surprisingly -- only because this author is new to me -- this was a well written and engaging story. The events leading up to Fort Sumter can, for me, be a little dry compared to the big battles of ... Read full review