Abraham Lincoln: A Life, Volume 1 by Michael Burlingame

By Michael Burlingame

Within the first multi-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln to be released in many years, Lincoln pupil Michael Burlingame deals a clean examine the lifetime of one in every of America's maximum presidents. Incorporating the sector notes of past biographers, besides a long time of study in a number of manuscript files and long-neglected newspapers, this extraordinary paintings will either adjust and make stronger our present figuring out of America's 16th president.

Volume 1 covers Lincoln's early youth, his reviews as a farm boy in Indiana and Illinois, his criminal education, and the political ambition that resulted in a time period in Congress within the 1840s. In quantity 2, Burlingame examines Lincoln's existence in the course of his presidency and the Civil conflict, narrating in interesting aspect the situation over fortress Sumter and Lincoln's personal battles with relentless place of work seekers, adverse newspaper editors, and incompetent box commanders. Burlingame additionally bargains new interpretations of Lincoln's inner most lifestyles, discussing his marriage to Mary Todd and the premature deaths of 2 sons to disease.

But via it all—his tough adolescence, his contentious political profession, a fratricidal conflict, and tragic own losses—Lincoln preserved a prepared feel of humour and bought a mental adulthood that proved to be the North's most precious asset in profitable the Civil War.

Published to coincide with the two hundredth anniversary of Lincoln's beginning, this landmark e-book establishes Burlingame because the so much assiduous Lincoln biographer of modern reminiscence and brings Lincoln alive to trendy readers as by no means before.

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Greene got his army across just as the British approached the riverbank on 14 February 1781. On 24 February, Greene returned to the Dan River, recrossed, and, with reinforcements that arrived on 14 March, met Cornwallis on 15 March 1781 at Guilford Courthouse. It was a Pyrrhic victory for Cornwallis, who lost about 500 soldiers—a quarter of his army. He realized that he had to abandon North Carolina and moved the army to Virginia. In the spring of 1781 the French entered the final scene of the American Revolution.

The American Continental Army, various state militias, and naval forces captured more than 14,000 enemy soldiers and sailors. Their status never became a problem for the Americans as it did for the British; where to put them did. Because the American Revolution rose in intensity from a localized New England rebellion to a world war for the British and a total war for the Americans, housing and feeding vast numbers of enemy military prisoners became a major concern, particularly for the Americans.

In the end, for some soldiers, becoming an EPW in American hands was nothing short of the horror of their lives; for others, it was good fortune; and for some, it was a miracle. Surviving the experience was another matter completely, and doing so largely depended on the cultural and legal circumstances that enveloped the war. The goal of this book is to examine how agents of the United States treated their prisoners, both military and civilian, so that we can gain a better understanding of the history and experiences of POWs in American hands from the Revolution to the wars in Southwest Asia and the Middle East.

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