On October 21, 1861, Confederate troops scored what was probably the most complete victory by either side in the Civil War at a place calle Ball's Bluff, thirty-five miles west of Washington, DC, on the Virginia bank of the Potomac River. Union soldiers were driven in a panic off the high bluff into the river, where many of them drowned.
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Byron Farwell has written extensively on British wars and campaigns of the 19th century. In these pages he tells the complete story of Ball's Bluff for the first time.From School Library Journal:
For every high-school teacher who has been greeted with yawns of boredom at the mere mention of the Civil War, help is here. Farwell's lucid and gripping account of the tiny battle of Ball's Bluff and its aftermath will wake up the most jaded history student. The book is wonderfully self-contained; no previous knowledge of the period or circumstances is necessary. Farwell provides background, introduces readers to the all-too-human cast of characters, guides them through the frequently confusing course of battle, and follows the hair-raising consequences of what should have been a minor skirmish. The period photographs and illustrations and frequent use of quotations from first-hand accounts create a vivid picture of the time and place. The particular relevance to our own time--the political search for a scapegoat--will be a familiar spectacle for all but the most oblivious. This is a book to engage and provoke, to launch an exploration, or to bring to life an investigation. For those already blessed with a corps of Civil War buffs, it will be a joy. --Cathy Chauvette, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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