Fields of Honor: Pivotal Battles of the Civil War (Paperback)
Few historians have ever captured the drama, excitement, and tragedy of the Civil War with the headlong "elan" of Edwin Bearss, who has won a huge, devoted following with his extraordinary battlefield tours and eloquent soliloquies about the heroes, scoundrels, and little-known moments of a conflict that still fascinates America. Antietam, Shiloh, Gettysburg: these hallowed battles and more than a dozen more come alive as never before, rich with human interest and colorful detail culled from a lifetime of study.
Illustrated with detailed maps and archival images, this 448-page volume presents a unique narrative of the Civil War's most critical battles, translating Bearss' inimitable delivery into print. As he guides readers from the first shots at Fort Sumter to Gettysburg's bloody fields to the dignified surrender at Appomattox, his engagingly plainspoken but expert account demonstrates why he stands beside Shelby Foote, James McPherson, and Ken Burns in the front rank of modern chroniclers of the Civil War, as the Pulitzer Prize-winning McPherson himself points out in his admiring Introduction.
A must for every one of America's countless Civil War buffs, this major work will stand as an important reference and enduring legacy of a great historian for generations to come.
About the Author
Edwin C. Bearss was Research Historian for Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi.
James M. McPherson is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1962. A native of North Dakota, he received his bachelor's degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, and doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. He has written seven books on the Civil War era, including "Battle Cry of Freedom", for which he won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in history. His most recent book is "Images of the Civil War", a collaboration with painter Mort Kunstler.
"Every epic deserves a Homer. In Ed Bearss, the Civil War may have finally gotten one." The Washington Times
"[Bearss] evokes almost hallucinatory sensations on the battlefield" The Wall Street Journal