Tarnished Victory by WILLIAM MARVEL
Finishing Lincoln's War

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A master Civil War historian re-creates the final year of our nation’s greatest crisis.

With Tarnished Victory William Marvel concludes his sweeping four-part series—this final volume beginning with the Virginia and Atlanta campaigns in May 1864 and closing with the final surrender of Confederate forces in June 1865. In the course of that year the war grows ever more deadly, the home front is stripped to fill the armies, and the economy is crippled by debt and inflation, while the stubborn survival of the Confederacy seriously undermines support for Lincoln’s war.

In the end, it seems that Lincoln’s early critics, who played such a pivotal role at the start of the series, are proven correct. Victory did require massive bloodshed and complete conquest of the South. It also required decades of occupation to cement the achievements of 1865, and the failure of Lincoln’s political heirs to carry through with that occupation squandered the most commendable of those achievements, ultimately making it a tarnished victory. Marvel, called the “Civil War’s master historical detective” by Stephen Sears, has unearthed provocative details and rich stories long buried beneath a century of accumulated distortion and misinterpretation to create revisionist history at its best.



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William Marvel is the author of Mr. Lincoln Goes to War, Lee’s Last Retreat, Andersonville, and several other acclaimed books on the Civil War. He has won a Lincoln Prize, the Douglas Southall Freeman Award, and the Bell Award.
Published November 15, 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 512 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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Compelling narratives emerge from the study of Northern draft protocols, the appalling conditions of the Confederate Andersonville POW camp and its Union counterparts and the creaking machinery of a war department so burdened by bureaucracy that its soldiers and their dependents were left waiting...

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And Marvel dwells on the ordeal of the Army of the Potomac: bled white during Grant’s assaults against Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia—Marvel’s portrait of Grant and his army is unremittingly negative—it degenerates into a mob of gun-shy recruits officered by cowardly drunks.

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- Intimate look at those on the front lines of the war - A detailed look at the last year of the war - A great resource for any Civil War student or history buff What you won’t find in this book?

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As a chronicle of the last stages of a long, brutal war, “Tarnished Victory” is a massively detailed account of draft evasion, draft riots, incompetent (sometimes drunken) military leadership, horrific battles and political maneuvering in a staggering economy.

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