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Cry Havoc!: The Crooked Road to Civil War, 1861
Nelson D. Lankford (au)
When Lincoln became president on March 4, 1861, crisis had already gripped the nation. The conflict that broke out a few weeks later was by no means preordained. The particular way it unfolded rested in the hands of individuals, not irresistible historical forces. This book recounts the small quirks of timing, character, and place -- esp. in Virginia and Maryland -- that influenced the trajectory of events during 8 critical weeks from Lincoln’s inauguration through Ft. Sumter and Lincoln’s response to it. A chain of decisions and miscalculations, influenced by swollen vanity and wishful thinking, gave shape to the dreadful conflict to come. This is the story of the people whose actions during that spring of 1861 finally let slip the dogs of war. Illus.
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