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David McCullough ...
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Barbara Fields ...
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William Safire ...
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Ed Bearss ...
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Mary Chestnut (voice)
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Frederick Douglass / John Boston (voice)
Paul Roebling ...
Joshua L. Chamberlain / Various (voice)
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Walt Whitman (voice)
George Black ...
Robert E. Lee (voice)
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Pvt. Elijah Hunt Rhodes (voice) (as Chris Murney)
Charles McDowell ...
Pvt. Sam Watkins (voice) (as Charley McDowell)
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While Gen. McClellan sat outside Richmond, three Union armies were being kept occupied by Stonewall Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart in northwestern Virginia. Lee was named commander of the army of Northern Virginia and immediately seized the initiative and attacked McClellan at Mechanicsville. Growing increasingly frustrated at McClellan's lack of progress, Lincoln visited him on the battlefield. When the general told the President that hew needed yet more troops, Lincoln ordered him to withdraw. Cotton production was cut in the south hoping this would spur the major European powers, England and France, to recognize and perhaps even aid the Confederacy. Progress was being made on the issue of emancipating the slaves. Congress forbade the return of runaway slaves and in New Orleans, the military Governor would free the slaves of any landowner who complained. Lincoln realized that emancipation would have to be delayed until the Union had a major victory on the battlefield. That would not come... Written by garykmcd

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24 September 1990 (USA)  »

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The Biggest Killer: Sickness & Disease
12 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a tough year - 1862 - with thousands and thousands of men killed in several famous battles.

We get a profile of the South's "Stonewall" Jackson; we hear a condemnation again on Union General McClellan's inept leadership of the Union forces, and the Emancipation Proclamation is made by President Lincoln after the battle of Antietam.

The most amazing fact in this "volume three," I thought, was that twice as many men died in the war from sickness and disease than from battle! Also amazing was the Union army losing 25 percent of its force to deserters.

The account of this war almost made me root for the South, which I never have, simply because I (and most others) like to root for the underdog and the South is so badly outnumbered in almost every battle, it's astounding they ever won anything. They exhibited incredible guts and fortitude.


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