A news correspondent's view of the great Civil War in America
When the discontent that grew into Civil War was fomenting, the
author of this book, Thomas Knox was covering the Gold Rushes of
the Rocky Mountains for his newspaper-the famous New York Herald.
His editor made it plain that the news was now in a very different
quarter and that brought about his posting to the troubled border
of Missouri. Knox brings the inevitable advantage of the
professional writer to his reporting of his experiences of campaign
and battlefield. He was present at Wilson Creek, Pea Ridge, Shiloh,
Corinth, Fort Pillow, Memphis, Vicksburg and many other important
engagements. This substantial volume also gives a vital account of
the conditions prevailing in the Southern states particularly
concerning the conditions of the African-American slave labourers
on plantations. This makes this book an ideal overview of the
conflict from a political and social as well a military
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