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Civil War Classics

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, Penguin Classics has published Mary Chesnut's Diary, one of the most cited and compelling Confederate memoirs. Esteemed historian Catherine Clinton provides an engaging introduction about Mary Chesnut's narrative, originally published as A Diary from Dixie, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning scholarship around this important Civil War document.

As anniversaries of pivotal moments of American Civil War history arise, Lincoln on the Civil War will be a relevant commemorative edition for Lincoln enthusiasts and armchair historians. This specially created volume features nine classic speeches that form a historical arc marking periods of the war, from crisis to outbreak, escalation to victory, and finally, reconstruction. Lincoln's inaugural addresses, the Gettysburg Address, and the Address at Cooper Institute are included in this hardcover edition with a striking book design.

For more extraordinary writings on the American Civil War and the era's luminaries see below.

Army Life in a Black Regiment
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Memoirs
William Tecumseh Sherman
Mary Chesnut's Diary
Mary Boykin Chesnut


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