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Pages: 230

Language: English

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (30 Jun. 2013)

By: Charles A. Dana (Author)

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An excerpt of a review from The Chautauquan, Volume 29, 1899:

Whatever relates to the history of the United States during the crucial Civil War period of 1861-65 always has an absorbing interest for citizens of this great republic. This is particularly true of Charles A. Dana's 'Recollections of the Civil War.' In 1862 Dana began his services in the War Department by acting on a commission appointed to audit the unsettled claims against the department at Cairo, Illinois. After reporting the results of the investigation he was appointed special commissioner of the War Department to investigate the condition of the pay service in the armies of the West.

The duties of this office took him to the front with Grant through the Vicksburg campaign, with Rosecrans in central Tennessee, and with the Army of the Potomac during the campaigns of 1864. His experiences during these exciting years he has related in a simple, terse style and his observations on the plans and conduct of the war and on the officers in command give us a vast amount of information not found in the conventional history.

Dana's duties in Washington as assistant secretary of war also brought him into intimate relations with the president and his cabinet and other noted officials of the time, about whom he has written many entertaining facts. Several interesting incidents connected with the secret service of the War Department he has related in a most gripping manner, and the closing scenes of the war, the assassination of the president, the trial of the conspirators in this crime, the capture and imprisonment of Jefferson Davis, and the grand review of the Union armies are other subjects which the writer has treated.

These 'Recollections' are intensely interesting both for the facts they contain and for the deeper insight they give into the characters of those who guided the nation through the period of the Civil War.


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