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The Civil War was America’s trial by fire- its battles forged the nation we know today. We’re still fascinated with it–the national reckoning with slavery, the legendary generals and leaders, the epic and bloody clashes of armies, the impact on theMoreThe Civil War was America’s trial by fire- its battles forged the nation we know today. We’re still fascinated with it – the national reckoning with slavery, the legendary generals and leaders, the epic and bloody clashes of armies, the impact on the daily lives of ordinary people. We visit its battlefields – mostly idyllic patches of countryside near small towns and creeks – where more Americans died in combat than in all other wars combined, except for World War Two. And we tell its stories – of last charges, brother fighting brother, imprisonment and emancipation, and tragedy and rebirth. It is our country’s epic- the story of how we became who we are, and what price we paid.The Civil War For Dummies is your complete introduction to this seminal conflict. Eschewing tedious historical pondering and military micro-analysis, this fun and information-rich guide gives an accurate overview of the event, from the war’s causes through the fighting to the aftermath. Inside you’ll discover:1850-1860: what led to warFirst Bull Run: illusions lostAntietam: the bloodiest dayThe Emancipation ProclamationHeroes and goats of each major battleJackson’s Valley CampaignSherman’s March to the SeaSurrender at AppomattoxAnd much moreFull of sidebars and illustrations, The Civil War For Dummies brings history to life with personalities, factoids, battle reports, strategic maps, and “what ifs.” In addition to the military and political history, you’ll also find out about:The African American experience in the warWomen and the Civil WarNative Americans and the warThe life of the common soldierBanking and finance systems and the war“Firsts” that make the Civil War history’s first modern warCivil War foodCivil War tourism: the best battlefields to visit, and how to get the most out of your tripWritten in an accessible style so you can start reading at any point in the story, The Civil War For Dummies makes a great cornerstone for learning about this violent and compelling chapter of American history.