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The Dogs of War: 1861

Emory M. Thomas


In 1861, Americans thought that the war looming on their horizon would be brief. None foresaw that they were embarking on our nation's worst calamity, a four-year bloodbath that cost the lives of more than half a million people. But as this book points out in this stimulating and provocative book, once the dogs of war are unleashed, it is almost impossible to rein them in. This book highlights the delusions that dominated each side's thinking. Lincoln believed that most Southerners loved the Union, and would be dragged unwillingly into secession by the planter class. Jefferson Davis could not ... More

Keywords: Lincoln, Southerners, Union, Jefferson Davies, Northerners, Yankees, Civil War scholarship, Robert E. Lee, J.E.B. Stuart

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195174700
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195174700.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emory M. Thomas, author
Department of History, University of Georgia, Professor Emeritus

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