Freedom Rising: Washington in the Civil War (Paperback)
In this luminous portrait of wartime Washington, Ernest B. Furgurson–author of the widely acclaimed Chancellorsville 1863, Ashes of Glory, and Not War but Murder--brings to vivid life the personalities and events that animated the Capital during its most tumultuous time. Here among the sharpsters and prostitutes, slaves and statesmen are detective Allan Pinkerton, tracking down Southern sympathizers; poet Walt Whitman, nursing the wounded; and accused Confederate spy Antonia Ford, romancing her captor, Union Major Joseph Willard. Here are generals George McClellan and Ulysses S. Grant, railroad crew boss Andrew Carnegie, and architect Thomas Walter, striving to finish the Capitol dome. And here is Abraham Lincoln, wrangling with officers, pardoning deserters, and inspiring the nation. Freedom Rising is a gripping account of the era that transformed Washington into the world’s most influential city.
About the Author
Ernest B. "Pat" Furgurson, formerly a correspondent and columnist for the "Baltimore Sun," has spent most of his life in the nation's capital. A native of Virginia, he is also the author of "Chancellorsville 1863, Ashes of Glory," and "Not War but Murder," He lives in Washington, D.C.
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“A beautiful book. Every sentence, every paragraph is rich with history and the detailed rush of events, peopled with the greatest leader we have ever had. . . . Add the spies, scoundrels, hookers, pussyfooters and the embryonic Capital’s ten-inch-deep mud and manure, and you have this nation’s greatest drama, wonderfully woven by Pat Furgurson.” --Hugh Sidey, author of John F. Kennedy, President and A Very Personal Presidency: Lyndon Johnson in the White House
“The excellence of Reveille in Washington served to intimidate historians for decades, but no longer. . . . Furgurson has written a book worthy to stand alongside [it].” --The Washington Times
"A great story, admirably told. . . . A mighty good book." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Furgurson exposes the cutthroat politics of our nation's capital during America's darkest period. . . . [He] bring[s] the people and places to life. --Indianapolis Star
"A remarkable story . . . recounted remarkably well. . . . Furgurson deftly ties Civil War locations to their modern sites. He offers a wealth of vignettes that move the narrative along. . . . A fine book . . . [and] an enjoyable read." --The Civil War News
"[Furgurson's] writing [is] as skillful as could be expected of a man who has devoted his life to the art. . . . A well-founded, well-told chronicle that is not likely to be challenged for many years to come." --The Roanoke Times
"Fascinating. . . . Furgurson lives up to his reputation as a superb storyteller. . . [A] beautifully written history." --Huntington News
"Highly recommend[ed]. . . . Accessible . . . breezy writing. . . . [Furgurson] deserves great praise." --The Milford Daily News