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What happened in America in the 1860s was a war of secession, a war of independence, no different in principle from what happened in America in the 1770s and 1780s.

Winning and losing in the Civil War : essays and stories  Albert Castel  Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, c 1996  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xii, 204 p. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

Great mass meeting to endorse the call of the legislature of South Carolina for a state conv. to discuss the question of secession from the Union, held at Institute Hall, Charleston, S.C. on Monday, Nov. 12, 1860

Great mass meeting to endorse the call of the legislature of South Carolina for a state convention to discuss the question of secession from the Union, held at Institute Hall, Charleston, S.C. on Monday, Nov. 12, 1860

Winning and Losing in the Civil War collects fifteen of the most influential short writings by accomplished Civil War historian Albert Castel, each presented with his trademark wit, style, and analytical precision. The author expounds on some of the most provocative, arresting issues surrounding the war, including the dispute over inevitability of Northern victory and the question of Lee’s greatness on and off the battlefield.

Charleston, South Carolina. Ruins of Secession Hall, 1865

Charleston, South Carolina. Ruins of Secession Hall, 1865

Castel contemplates presidents and mules, generals and guerrillas, lovers and haters, facts and opinions, actualities and probabilities. In addition, he uses the volume as a forum for reflecting on his role as historian, identifying the primary problem facing present-day practitioners of Civil War historiography, and illumining what remains to be accomplished in this heavily tilled but ever-popular field of scholarly inquiry.

Birthday of confederate hero observed. Washington, D.C., June 4. The 130th anniversary of the birth of Jefferson Davis, president of the short lived war, was observed at the Capitol today when Miss Imogene Smith, President of the Charles M. Stedman Children of the Confederacy, placed a wreath at his statue. On the left is Senator Walter F. George, of Georgia. Mrs. Walter D. Lamar, National President, Daughters of the Confederacy. Stands on the right, 6/4/38

Birthday of confederate hero observed. Washington, D.C., June 4. The 130th anniversary of the birth of Jefferson Davis, president of the short lived war, was observed at the Capitol today when Miss Imogene Smith, President of the Charles M. Stedman Children of the Confederacy, placed a wreath at his statue. On the left is Senator Walter F. George, of Georgia. Mrs. Walter D. Lamar, National President, Daughters of the Confederacy. Stands on the right, 6/4/38

Articles of war : winners, losers, and some who were both in the Civil War  Albert Castel  Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, c 2001  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xii, 244 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG  

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