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In 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, a bill opening one half million square miles of territory in the western United States for settlement. THIS – far more than slavery – is what the war was about.

Fields of Battle : The Wars for North America Keegan, John New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1996 Hardcover. Originally published: Warpaths. London : Hodder and Stoughton, 1995. 1st American ed. and printing. xiii, 348 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Dust Jacket. Includes Index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

Print shows British troops advancing across open ground toward the American troops behind earthworks in the background during the Battle of New Orleans; at center foreground, mortally wounded British General Edward Pakenham is held by his officers. Includes cameo portrait of Andrew Jackson. Impression on verso includes a key identifying prominent features, as well as additional casualties among the British.

Print shows British troops advancing across open ground toward the American troops behind earthworks in the background during the Battle of New Orleans; at center foreground, mortally wounded British General Edward Pakenham is held by his officers. Includes cameo portrait of Andrew Jackson. Impression on verso includes a key identifying prominent features, as well as additional casualties among the British.

Geography and military history have come to explain each other in North America as they do nowhere else in the world. From the arrival of the Europeans in the 16th century to the final defeat of the native Americans in the 19th, climate and competition for resources explain why men fortified where they did, campaigned as they did and were drawn to the battlefields where the control of the continent was decided.

Siege of Vicksburg--13, 15, & 17 Corps, Commanded by Gen. U.S. Grant, assisted by the Navy under Admiral Porter.

Siege of Vicksburg–13, 15, & 17 Corps, Commanded by Gen. U.S. Grant, assisted by the Navy under Admiral Porter.

Warpaths begins with the establishment of New France on the St Lawrence River and the French conflicts with the Indians and British – culminating with the English defeat at Yorktown. There follows Civil War between North and South, as well as the Indian wars. The book ends with the final twist in the story of European warfare in North America, as American and Canadian forces arrive to save Britain and liberate France in the Second World War.

The opening of the fight at Wounded Knee.

The opening of the fight at Wounded Knee.

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