By James M. McPherson, Bruce Catton
Here is Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Bruce Catton's unsurpassed account of the Civil conflict, the most relocating chapters in American history.
Introduced by way of Pulitzer Prize-winner James M. McPherson, the publication vividly strains the epic fight among the Blue and grey, from the early department among the North and South to the ultimate give up of accomplice troops.
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