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Freedom Rising: Washington in the Civil War

Authors: Furgurson, Ernest B.
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: BIO011000, HIS036050
ISBN: 9780307425959, Related ISBNs: 0307425959, 0375404546, 0375704094, 9780307425959, 9780375404542
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 496,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: In this luminous portrait of wartime Washington, Ernest B. Furgurson–author of the widely acclaimed Chancellorsville 1863, Ashes of Glory, and Not War but Murder--brings to vivid life the personalities and events that animated the Capital during its most tumultuous time. Here among the sharpsters and prostitutes, slaves and statesmen are detective Allan Pinkerton, tracking down Southern sympathizers; poet Walt Whitman, nursing the wounded; and accused Confederate spy Antonia Ford, romancing her captor, Union Major Joseph Willard. Here are generals George McClellan and Ulysses S. Grant, railroad crew boss Andrew Carnegie, and architect Thomas Walter, striving to finish the Capitol dome. And here is Abraham Lincoln, wrangling with officers, pardoning deserters, and inspiring the nation. Freedom Rising is a gripping account of the era that transformed Washington into the world’s most influential city.
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