Burke Davis on the Civil War

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Burke Davis on the Civil War Book Summary

Four captivating and richly detailed Civil War histories from a New York Times–bestselling author.

Award-winning author Burke Davis writes with “an eye for narrative detail that turns history into storytelling” in these four classic Civil War narratives (The New York Times Book Review).
The Long Surrender: Though Jefferson Davis had planned to escape to Cuba after General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House, a $100,000 bounty was placed on his head. This “marvelous” and “wonderfully written” account chronicles the Confederate president’s flight, capture, and imprisonment—while offering a panoramic history of the last days of the Confederacy (Denver Post).
Sherman’s March: Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s infamous “March to the Sea” was a crucial turning point in the Civil War. Weaving together hundreds of eyewitness accounts, this riveting history is “bound to startle and inform even students of Civil War literature” (The New York Times).
To Appomattox: Drawing on a wide array of firsthand accounts—from soldiers and commanders as well as ordinary citizens—Davis offers a “masterful” and intimately detailed account of the last nine days of the Civil War, from the Siege of Petersburg to the fateful meeting between Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House (The Christian Science Monitor).
They Called Him Stonewall: Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was an innovative battlefield strategist who struck terror in the hearts of Union army commanders and inspired Confederate soldiers to victory after victory in the early days of the Civil War. Based on a wealth of first-person sources, including Jackson’s private papers and correspondences, this New York Times bestseller paints “as definitive a picture of Jackson, the officer, and of his generalship, as anyone can hope to read” (Kirkus Reviews).

Praise for The Long Surrender
“Burke Davis, the fine chronicler of the Confederacy, tells the story of a little-known aspect of the Civil War and handles it with an eye for narrative detail that turns history into storytelling.” —The New York Times Book Review
 Praise for Sherman’s March
“The rich details in Mr. Davis’s book are bound to startle and inform even students of Civil War literature.” —The New York Times
Praise for To Appomattox
“Impressively dramatic.” —The Times (London)
“A vivid narrative . . . wholeheartedly recommended.” —The New York Times
Praise for They Called Him Stonewall
“Splendid, exciting reading. It is historical reporting at its best.” —The News Leader (Richmond)
“Intensely interesting. For the first time Jackson emerges as a person, something more than a heroic plaster figure.” —Saturday Review

Burke Davis (1913–2006) was an American author and journalist best known for his narrative histories of the Civil War, including To Appomattox: Nine April Days, 1865 (1959), Sherman’s March (1980), and The Last Surrender (1985). His acclaimed biographies of military and political figures include They Called Him Stonewall (1954), Gray Fox: Robert E. Lee and the Civil War (1956), Marine!: The Life of Chesty Puller (1962), and Old Hickory: A Life of Andrew Jackson (1977). A longtime special projects writer for Colonial Williamsburg, Davis also published many works of historical nonfiction for young readers. His numerous honors include the Mayflower Cup, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and election to the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

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