By Shelby Foote
Original 12 months of publication: 1974, 1986
A decade within the writing, this can be the ultimate quantity of what many critics have referred to as “America’s Iliad.” right here Foote brings to existence the army endgame, the give up at Appomattox, and the tragic dénouement of the war—the assassination of President Lincoln.
“To learn this chronicle is an amazing and relocating event. historical past and literature are hardly so completely mixed as right here; one finishes this quantity confident that not anyone want adopt this actual company again.” —Newsweek
“In objectivity, in variety, in mastery of element, in great thing about language and feeling for the folk concerned, this paintings surpasses the rest at the topic. . . . Written within the culture of the nice historian-artists—Gibbon, Prescott, Napier, Freeman—it stands along the paintings of the simplest of them.” —The New Republic
“The such a lot written-about battle in background has, with this crowning glory of Shelby Foote’s trilogy, been given the epic therapy it deserves.” —Providence Journal
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Thousands of troops are encamped here. ” The transformation of the city from a quiet Southern town into a bustling war time capital made a powerful impression on everyone who witnessed it. “Thousands of troops was sent to Richmond from all parts of the South,” remembered John M. Washington, a former slave who was hired out in the capital when the war broke out. ”57 Hood’s Texas Brigade, Texas to Virginia, 1861 40 Nation Building on the Road The new arrivals turned the city into a diverse hub where the full spectrum of Southern dialect, dress, and deportment was on vivid display.
Settlement moved along an east-west axis, with Virginians settling Kentucky, North Carolinians going to Tennessee, and South Carolinians and Georgians striking out for Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. 36 Land in the Deep South and Southwest was fertile, abundant, and relatively cheap. Most important, it did not easily cover with frost. This was a critical factor, since two hundred days of frost-free soil were a preliminary condition for growing the crop that made the South not just a section, but a kingdom.
48 The slave traders who led the coffles down south were carry ing with them not just individuals, but the institution of slavery itself. In 1790, 45 percent of the region’s black population lived in Virginia and the state was the geographic center of human bondage in America. On the eve of the Civil War, that rate had dropped to 12 percent and the center of the slave society had moved to western Georgia. 49 The Old Dominion, where American slavery had been born, was no longer the quintessential slave state.