Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Posted by Dina N
"In your hand, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war." -- Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1861
I Used to Know That: Civil War brings you back to the classroom and reveals surprising stories, anecdotes, and accounts of colorful people. Brush up (and learn more!) on a variety of topics, including. . .
- Shock and Awe. Casualities at the Battle of Shiloh equaled those at Napoleon's Waterloo, signaling to Americans they were in for a long bloody fight.
- Granny Lee. Robert E. Lee performed so hesitantly - and poorly - in his first military engagement that his detractors dubbed him "Granny Lee."
- Writers on the Scene. Both poet Walt Whitman and novelist Louisa May Alcott tended to the sick and wounded and translated their experiences into their writings.
I Used to Know That: Civil War by Fred DuBose offers another nice refresher on stuff you forgot from school. The book is divided into three sections: The Antebellum Period 1800-1860, The War Between the States 1860-1865, and The Reconstruction Era 1865-1877. In the introduction, there is a handy timeline of events from November 1860 when Lincoln was elected president to April 1865 when he was assassinated. The politicians, the battles, the commanders in chief, the officers and gentlemen, the rank and file, the caregivers are all included in the book. I Used to Know That: Civil War contains tons of facts, names and events in a readable format that makes it a useful reference.
I Used to Know That: Civil War was published last month by Reader's Digest.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Photo and book info courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.