LOI: American Civil War Sesquicentennial

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. On April 12th, 1861, Confederate forces in Charleston, South Carolina opened fire on Fort Sumter thereby marking the commencement of hostile engagement with the US government. In this edition of Links of Interest, I’ll be linking to Civil War resources which pertain to my local area in Knoxville and East Tennessee.

Finally, although its content doesn’t cover my local area, I’d like to recommend a book on the Civil War. Bruce Catton’s A Stillness at Appomattox: The Army of the Potomac Trilogy is a riveting book of history. One reviewer has commented that if all history were written as well as this book, there would be no need for fiction.

I’ve been working my way through A Stillness at Appomattox during the past month, and Catton makes the final months of the Civil War come alive with his vivid description of the events and the men and women who took part in them. All of Catton’s accounts are taken from documents and interviews; therefore, although it reads like good fiction, the book is completely factual. I highly recommend it.


  1. Can’t wait to read this book. When I am finished with my current read, I will definitely be looking into this one! Pam

    • Pam, I’ll be interested to hear what you think about it.

      *Fair Warning* – the book does have some lengthly descriptions of battles. So, you might want to try out an Amazon.com sample before you buy/checkout the whole thing.

      However, if you allow yourself to get into it, it does give you a great perspective, and it’s the type of book that having finished makes you feel like you’ve accomplished something substantial.

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