on 14 July 1997
Much of Civil War history is repetitive, concerned with retelling the same stories we like to hear. Charles Royster takes two familar figures--Stonewall Jackson and W. T. Sherman--and tells us things about our national character that we don't necessarily like to hear. This is a brilliant, award-winning account on how Americans embraced what Royster calls "destructive war," written by a historian with great literary sensibility. Royster demonstrates that the Civil War can still reveal new truths about ourselves.