Don't Know Much About the Civil War: Everything You Need to Know About America's Greatest Conflict but Never Learned (Don't Know Much About Series)

Don't Know Much About the Civil War: Everything You Need to Know About America's Greatest Conflict but Never Learned (Don't Know Much About Series)

Kenneth C. Davis

Language: English

Pages: 544

ISBN: 0380719088

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

“Highly informative and entertaining…propels the reader light years beyond dull textbooks and Gone with the Wind.”
San Francisco Chronicle

It has been 150 years since the opening salvo of America’s War Between the States. New York Times bestselling author Ken Davis tells us everything we never knew about our nation’s bloodiest conflict in Don’t Know Much About ® the Civil War—another fascinating and fun installment in his acclaimed series.















reliable and afraid of bad publicity, worried their possible failure would lead to the criticism that he didn't value their lives. At the last minute, he ordered a different division to lead the attack. Straws were drawn, and the division under James H. Ledlie, a drunkard with political connections, got the assignment. Ledlie stayed behind drinking rum as his men, completely unprepared, charged into the gaping hole instead of around it. The Battle of the Crater proved disastrous. The Union took

the greatest of all Civil War novels. Many paperback editions available. Foote, Shelby. Chickamauga and Other Civil War Stories. *New York: Delta Publishing, 1993. A collection of short fiction by such writers as Stephen Crane, William Faulkner, Mark Twain, Thomas Wolfe, and Eudora Welty. ——. Shiloh. New York: Dial Press, 1952; *Vintage, 1991. A fictional version of the bloody two-day battle by the author of the acclaimed trilogy The Civil War: A Narrative. Gurganus, Allan. Oldest Living

that prohibits the House or any committee of the House from discussing the deficit and petitions from the public would be ignored. Preposterous idea? Well, it happened. Only the issue wasn't the deficit but slavery. From 1836 to 1844, the House opened each session by adopting a number of procedural rules designed to exclude from consideration by the House, or by its committees, petitions asking for the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia, where the federal government held the power

on the South. February A Mexican army of six thousand led by General Santa Anna is raised to defend Mexico's claim on Texas. Four thousand Mexican troops lay siege to the Alamo, overwhelming the garrison and massacring its defenders. March Texas adopts a constitution that formally legalizes slavery. April The Texans defeat Santa Anna, ratify their constitution, and elect Sam Houston as president. An envoy sent to Washington requests annexation or recognition as an independent republic. Slavery

and, in 1859, was elected governor of Texas. But Houston was a Union man. Even if Texans chose to secede, Houston urged them to remain independent and not join the Confederacy. When the Texas convention voted to leave the Union, Governor Houston issued the formal statement of secession in February 1861. But he refused to take a required oath of loyalty to the Confederacy and was deposed as governor. When Lincoln offered to send Union troops to maintain his governorship, Houston declined and

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