Civil War Times
March 22, 2013
The United States is celebrating the 150 year anniversary of the Civil War. The Civil War lasted from April 12, 1861 to May 9, 1865. The movie Lincoln got me interested in the Civil War. Even though I had learned about it during high school and college, I found myself fascinated by all the nuances that brought the southern states to secede and brought our country to war.
Missouri is third on the list for the most Civil War battle sites. Four sites where battles were fought in the Kansas City area during the Civil War were Westport, Independence, Lexington, and Lone Jack. The Battle of Westport was a classic one offensive and one of the bloodiest battles fought in Missouri. The battles of Westport, Lexington, and Lone Jack all have museums dedicated to them. The battle of Lexington and Lone Jack also are historical sites that have preserved part of the original battlefield.
Books that helped me understand the complexity of the Civil War were a Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln and Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man. Lincoln, the movie, is partly based on a Team of Rival. This book discusses all the people that helped get the 13th Amendment passed and Lincoln’s final months in office. Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensible Man is about the Secretary of State during that time. This book discusses his life story and how valuable he was to Lincoln during his time in office. In a coincidence, Seward also had an attempt made on his life the night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
Finally, if you like fiction books about the Civil War, you might like the books The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen Carter and Two Girls of Gettysburg by Lisa Klein. The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln is about an alternate reality where Lincoln survived and he is being impeached because he overstepped his presidential authority. Two Girls of Gettysburg is about two cousins who live in Gettysburg and have romanticized views of the war. One is for the union and the other is for the confederacy. One realizes she has a healing gift and stays with a confederacy infirmary to nurse the soldiers back to health.
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