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The Great Task Remaining

The Third Year of Lincoln's War
Marvel, William (Book - 2010 )
The Great Task Remaining
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The Great Task Remaining is a striking, often poignant portrait of people balancing their own values--rather than ours--to determine whether the horrors attending Mr. Lincoln's war were worth bearing in order to achieve his ultimate goals. As 1863 unfolds, we see the disaster at Chancellorsville, the battle of Gettysburg, and the end of the siege of Vicksburg. Then, astonishingly, the Confederacy springs vigorously back to life after the Union triumphs of the summer, setting the stage for Lincoln's now famous speech on the Pennsylvania battlefield. Without abandoning the underlying sympathy for Lincoln, Marvel makes a convincing argument for the Gettysburg Address as being less of a paean to liberty than an appeal to stay the course in the face of rampant antiwar sentiment. The Great Task Remaining offers a provocative history of a dramatic year--a year that saw victory and defeat, doubt and riot--as well as a compelling story of a people who clung to the promise of a much-longed-for end.
Authors: Marvel, William
Title: The great task remaining
the third year of Lincoln's war
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
Characteristics: xv, 430 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
ISBN: 061899064X
9780618990641
Branch Call Number: 973.7092 M3685G 2010
Statement of Responsibility: William Marvel
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [386]-412) and index
Subject Headings: United States Politics and government 1861-1865 Decision making United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Campaigns Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 Military leadership
LCCN: 2009029921
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