By Adam Goodheart
An epic of braveness and heroism past the battlefields, 1861 is Adam Goodheart’s account of the way the Civil battle started and a moment American revolution opened up, atmosphere Abraham Lincoln at the route to greatness and thousands of slaves at the highway to freedom.
In this gripping and unique e-book, Goodheart introduces us to a heretofore little-known solid of Civil conflict heroes—among them an acrobatic military colonel, an explorer’s spouse, an idealistic band of German immigrants, a regiment of latest York urban firemen, a group of Virginia slaves, and a tender collage professor who could at some point turn into president. Their tales take us from the corridors of the White condo to the slums of ny, from the waters of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada, from Boston universal to Alcatraz Island, vividly evoking the Union at its second of final obstacle and decision.
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