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Recollections of the Civil War

Charles Anderson Dana

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Recollections of the Civil War records the events that took place during the American Civil war. It forms one of the most remarkable volumes of historical, political, and personal reminiscences which have been given to the public. Mr. Dana wrote these Recollections of the civil war according to a purpose which he had entertained for several years. They were completed only a few months before his death on October 17, 1897. Go to the e-book on this book's catalog page for some great illustrations and an index.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Port Hudson the two united forces should proceed against Vicksburg.

There seemed to be only one hitch in the campaign. Grant had intrusted the attack on Grand Gulf to McClernand. Sherman, Porter, and other leading officers believed this a mistake, and talked frankly with me about it. One night when we had all gathered at Grant's headquarters and were talking over the campaign very freely, as we were accustomed to do, both Sherman and Porter protested against the arrangement. But Grant would not be changed. McClernand, he said, was exceedingly desirous of the command. He was the senior of the other corps commanders. He was an especial favorite of the President, and the position which his corps occupied on the ground when the movement was first projected was such that the advance naturally fell to its lot; besides, he had entered zealously into the plan from the first, while Sherman had doubted[Pg 33] and criticised, and McPherson, whom Grant said he would re. . . Read More

Community Reviews

One thing is clear from reading this book. Charles Dana was an insufferable, self-righteous prig.

He was running all over the place during the Civil War talking to all the most interesting people on the Northern side and pompously giving them his opinion on everything that he knew nothing about. Litt

I really liked this book. Sec. of War Stanton sent Dana to observe Grant during the Vicksburg campaign. Later, he was an observer at many important battles until the end of the war. His personal characterizations are excellent. The book is very informative on the major events that transpired. It is