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Donnybrook

The Battle of Bull Run, 1861

By David Detzer

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Format: Paperback, 554 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 September 2005
In April 1861, Confederate artillery blasted Fort Sumter into surrender. Within weeks, the Confederacy had established its capital at Richmond. On May 24, Lincoln ordered troops across the Potomac into Virginia, only a few miles from the Confederate military base near the hamlet of Manassas. A great battle was inevitable; whether this would end the war, as many expected, was the only question. On July 21, near a stream called Bull Run, the two forces fought from early morning until after dark in the first great battle of the Civil War. America would never be quite the same. Donnybrook is the first major history of Bull Run to detail the battle from its origins through its aftermath. Using copious and remarkably detailed primary source mate-rial-including the recollections of hundreds of average soldiers-David Detzer has created an epic account of a defining moment in American history. This new paperback edition includes additional maps.

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In the recent spate of Civil War battle accounts by well-known historians, Detzer's (history, emeritus, Connecticut State Univ.) ranks high. This is less for much new information or insight on the battle proper than for the excellent context, corrections of tired commonplaces on various generals' abilities, perspectives of the common soldier, and revealing vignettes of the principal characters. Detzer's useful definitions of military terms and discussions of men learning to become soldiers serve as a primer on Civil War military organization, training, and experience, just as Bull Run became a primer on the bloody nature of a new kind of war. Detzer probes the way politicians sought to spin the meaning of combat as well as the blame games played by politicians and generals alike. A timely reminder that war is always learned the hard way and sometimes not much understood by those who send men off to die; recommended for academic and large public libraries. Randall M. Miller, Saint Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

"This is history as it should be written." "Nearly a model of how a Civil War battle history should be written." "A primer on Civil War military organization, training, and experience." "A marvelous account. Comprehensive, thorough, deeply researched, rich in detail, and highly readable." "A lucid narrative of the battle's course. A splendid portrait of the Civil War as the soldiers knew it." "A lucid narrative of the battle''s course. A splendid portrait of the Civil War as the soldiers knew it." "Detzer establishes himself as the premier historian of the war''s first months, as Donnybrook follows his thoughtful, much acclaimed Allegiance." PRAISE FOR DONNYBROOK "A far more detailed and thoughtful account of Bull Run than is found in most histories, crafted in an easy-to-read and always entertaining narrative style. This is history as it should be written."--The Seattle Times "Detzer establishes himself as the premier historian of the war's first months, as Donnybrook follows his thoughtful, much acclaimed Allegiance. Detzer pays much attention to the rhythm of words and the use of language. The result: an elegantly written book that engages from first word to last . . . first-rate history presented with great literary merit."--American Civil War Magazine "David Detzer is making a distinguished reputation in Civil War history writing about great openings. In Donnybrook, he gives us a marvelous account of the first great battle of the war, at Bull Run. Like his first, this second book is comprehensive, thorough, deeply researched, rich in detail, and highly readable. It is a fine account of a major passage in that great war."--John C. Waugh, author of The Class of 1846 PRAISE FOR "DONNYBROOK" "A far more detailed and thoughtful account of Bull Run than is found in most histories, crafted in an easy-to-read and always entertaining narrative style. This is history as it should be written."--"The Seattle Times" "Detzer establishes himself as the premier historian of the war's first months, as "Donnybrook" follows his thoughtful, much acclaimed "Allegiance." Detzer pays much attention to the rhythm of words and the use of language. The result: an elegantly written book that engages from first word to last . . . first-rate history presented with great literary merit."--"American Civil War Magazine" "David Detzer is making a distinguished reputation in Civil War history writing about great openings. In "Donnybrook, " he gives us a marvelous account of the first great battle of the war, at Bull Run. Like his first, this second book is comprehensive, thorough, deeply researched, rich in detail, and highly readable. It is a fine account of a major passage in that great war."--John C. Waugh, author of "The Class of 1846" PRAISE FOR "DONNYBROOK""A far more detailed and thoughtful account of Bull Run than is found in most histories, crafted in an easy-to-read and always entertaining narrative style. This is history as it should be written."--"The Seattle Times""Detzer establishes himself as the premier historian of the war's first months, as "Donnybrook" follows his thoughtful, much acclaimed "Allegiance." Detzer pays much attention to the rhythm of words and the use of language. The result: an elegantly written book that engages from first word to last . . . first-rate history presented with great literary merit."--"American Civil War Magazine""David Detzer is making a distinguished reputation in Civil War history writing about great openings. In "Donnybrook, " he gives us a marvelous account of the first great battle of the war, at Bull Run. Like his first, this second book is comprehensive, thorough, deeply researched, rich in detail, and highly readable. It is a fine account of a major passage in that great war."--John C. Waugh, author of "The Class of 1846" PRAISE FOR"DONNYBROOK" "A far more detailed and thoughtful account of Bull Run than is found in most histories, crafted in an easy-to-read and always entertaining narrative style. This is history as it should be written."--"The Seattle Times" "Detzer establishes himself as the premier historian of the war's first months, as"Donnybrook"follows his thoughtful, much acclaimed"Allegiance."Detzer pays much attention to the rhythm of words and the use of language. The result: an elegantly written book that engages from first word to last . . . first-rate history presented with great literary merit."--"American Civil War Magazine" "David Detzer is making a distinguished reputation in Civil War history writing about great openings. In"Donnybrook, "he gives us a marvelous account of the first great battle of the war, at Bull Run. Like his first, this second book is comprehensive, thorough, deeply researched, rich in detail, and highly readable. It is a fine account of a maj "A vibrant narrative history that will appeal to a wide range of readers. Very effective and unfailingly entertaining."

EAN: 9780156031431
ISBN: 0156031434
Publisher: Harvest Books
Dimensions: 20.42 x 13.56 x 2.69 centimetres (0.63 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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