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Peace, above all things, is to be desired, but blood must sometimes be spilled to obtain it on equable and lasting terms… Andrew Jackson

To the more than casual student of history the question is not why did the Republic that was the United States of America engage in a civil war in 1861 but rather what extraordinary men managed to hold it together as a republic for 80 long years – and why did it finally succumb to […]

There are two kinds of white men. There are the Americans, and there are the others. You may give your hand in friendship to the French, or the Spaniards, or the British. But the Americans are not like those. The Americans come from the slime of the sea, with mud and weeds in their claws, and they are a kind of crayfish serpent whose claws grab in our earth and take it from us… Tenskwatawa

The gods of Prophetstown : the Battle of Tippecanoe and the holy war for the American frontier Adam Jortner Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c 2012 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. x, 310 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [285]-299) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding […]

What is right and what is practicable are two different things… James Buchanan

America in 1857 : a nation on the brink Kenneth M. Stampp New York : Oxford University Press, 1990 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. ix, 388 p. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [341]-376) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG It […]

The only principles of public conduct that are worthy of a gentleman or a man are to sacrifice estate, ease, health, and applause, and even life, to the sacred calls of his country… James Otis

As if an enemy’s country : the British occupation of Boston and the origins of revolution Richard Archer Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010 Hardcover. 1st ed., later printing. xviii, 284 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [233]-273) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean […]

The pay is thirteen dollars a month; their diet: beans and hay. Maybe horsemeat before this campaign is over. Fight over cards or rotgut whiskey, but share the last drop in their canteens. The faces may change… the names… but they’re there: they’re the regiment… the regular army… now and fifty years from now.

Frontier crossroads : Fort Davis and the West Robert Wooster College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c 2006 Hardcover. 1st ed. xii, 210 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [145]-200) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG […]

What came in the end was only a small war and a quick victory; when the farmers and the gentlemen finally did coalesce in politics, they produced only the genial reforms of Progressivism; and the man on the white horse turned out to be just a graduate of the Harvard boxing squad, equipped with an immense bag of platitudes, and quite willing to play the democratic game… Richard Hofstadter, The Age of Reform

For the people : American populist movements from the Revolution to the 1850s Ronald P. Formisano Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c 2008 Hardcover. viii, 315 p. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [217]-298) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in […]

It is the strangest thing in the world to me, that this war has developed so little talent in our generals. There is not a single one… fit for a great command… Union Chief of Staff Henry Halleck Aug 13 1862

The war within the Union high command : politics and generalship during the Civil War Thomas J. Goss Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c 2003 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xx, 300 p. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-281) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, […]