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Both sides were due for a rude awakening. To prevent a Northern victory, the South would have to defend that same large area, but with a smaller population and less industry than the North could ultimately bring to bear. A short war would favor the South, a long one the North. Actions in the war were divided into the Eastern Theater, primarily comprised of Washington, D.
The Western Theater began west of the Alleghenies West Virginia excepted and continued to the Mississippi River, but it also included the interior of the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Events farther west are considered to have occurred in the Trans-Mississippi Theater and the Far West. The first inland clash between significant bodies of troops occurred on the morning of June 3, , when 3, Union volunteers surprised Confederates at Philippi in West Virginia.
Lasting less than half an hour, the affair would barely qualify as a skirmish later in the war, but the Union victory there and subsequent ones in the region elevated the reputation of Major General George B. McClellan, commander of the Department of the Ohio. The first real battle took place July 21, , on the hills around Bull Run creek outside Manassas, Virginia, a railroad junction some 30 miles south of the Northern capital at Washington City Washington, D. During the war, the North named battles for the nearest body of water, and the South used the name of the nearest town.
The Union army made progress early in the battle, but Confederate reinforcements arrived late in the day from the Shenandoah Valley and routed the Federals.
The unfortunate Union commander, Irvin McDowell, was made the scapegoat and was replaced with an officer who had some victories to his credit: McClellan. On September 10 a Union victory at Carnifax Ferry in the Big Kanawha Valley of West Virginia virtually ended Confederate control in most of the western counties, although there would be raids and guerrilla warfare there. A successful naval invasion of North Carolina took place in August. The Western Theater saw only minor skirmishing. Kentucky was attempting to remain neutral and had vowed to take sides against whichever side first moved troops into it.
That was the Confederacy, which felt compelled to establish Mississippi River forts and establish camps within the state to repel any attempted Union move south. The Union commander, Nathaniel Lyon, was killed, the first Federal general to die in action during the war.
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The year saw the first clash between ironclad warships, in the Battle of Hampton Roads. Lincoln announced his Emancipation Proclamation. Lee, who took command of the main Confederate army. Lincoln would be hard-pressed to find a commander Lee could not out-general.
Farther south along the Atlantic Coast, Federals captured territory in North and South Carolina and Georgia, but lost a chance to shorten the war when they were turned back at the Battle of Secessionville, South Carolina. In the Western Theater, Union forces made deep penetrations into Dixie, beginning the year along the Ohio River and finishing it in control of Middle and West Tennessee, with outposts in Mississippi.
Even New Orleans was under the Stars and Stripes again. Beyond the Mississippi, initial Confederate successes in New Mexico territory were nullified by a defeat at Glorietta Pass. Texans lynched 50 Unionists in what became known as the Great Hanging at Gainesville and attacked German immigrants trying to leave the state, executing nine of the wounded after the Battle of the Nueces. Three hundred Sioux were sentenced to hang, but Lincoln cut that number to 38—still the largest mass execution in U. September saw simultaneous Confederate invasions into Maryland and Kentucky in September.
Neither, however, was long lived.
The year ended—and the new year would begin—with another bloodbath, on the banks of Stones River outside Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Overall, the scales were still nearly balanced between the two sides in their struggle to restore the Union or to establish a Southern Confederacy. The tide of war shifted noticeably in favor of the Union in , despite a brilliant victory by Robert E. Lee then suffered a major defeat at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in early July. The two antagonists met again in November in a confused, inconclusive affair known as the Mine Run Campaign.
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On April 17, the Army of the Potomac, under yet another commander, Maj. In response, Lee divided his force, leaving part of it to guard the river at Fredericksburg. On April 30, Hooker and Lee collided near a mansion called Chancellorsville in a densely thicketed area of woods known as The Wilderness. He died May Lee, learning the Federals had captured Fredericksburg, divided his force again and defeated them at Salem Church. Hooker gave up the campaign and withdrew on the night of May 5—6. Read more about the Battle of Chancellorsville. Grant on July 4 after a day siege.
Grant was placed in command of all Western armies, a prelude to an even greater promotion that would come the following spring. Two massacres marked Patrick E. Connor attacked the camp of Chief Bear Hunter on January Quantrill sacked and burned Lawrence, Kansas, a center for pro-Union, anti-slavery Jayhawkers and Redlegs, killing — men and boys. His men encountered the Army of the Potomac, now under George Gordon Meade, at a crossroads town in southeastern Pennsylvania on July 1.
Capturing the town but failing to take the high ground around it, Lee assailed the Union flanks the next day. On July 3, Lee made perhaps his greatest mistake of the war, ordering a frontal attack across open ground against the Union center on Cemetery Ridge. Read more about the Battle Of Gettysburg. The year also saw an event unique in American history. Counties of western Virginia had refused to leave the Union when the state seceded in At the end of , both sides still had significant forces, and the Confederates enjoyed good defensive terrain in Virginia and North Georgia. If they could inflict enough losses on their Northern opponents, they might win at the ballot box what they could not on the field of battle: Lincoln was vulnerable and in the elections might be replaced by a Democrat who would make peace with the Confederacy.
Grant, who was put in charge of all Union armies in March Three days later, it collided with Robert E. There was no such clear-cut outcome this time. Lee anticipated the move, and the two armies tore at each other again for two weeks in May around Spotsylvania Courthouse. The siege of Richmond and Petersburg had begun. Read more about the Battle Of The Wilderness. On July 30, the Union exploded a mine beneath a portion of the Confederate works around Petersburg.
A tardy advance by a large number of Union soldiers into the foot-deep crater it created allowed the Southerners time to recover. They poured fired into the densely packed Federals; eventually, the fighting was hand-to-hand. Angered by the blast and the presence of black troops, the Confederates gave no quarter and the Battle of the Crater resulted in 4, Union casualties for no gain.
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Remove FREE. Unavailable for purchase. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. You are in the Canada store Not in Canada? Choose Store. Or, get it for Kobo Super Points! In this series View all Book 2. Book 3. Skip this list. Ratings and Book Reviews 2 5 star ratings 2 reviews. Overall rating 4. Yes No Thanks for your feedback! Report as inappropriate. A great adventure on the high seas, Cheryl did her homework on the ships. Now, let's see what you serve up next. I was throughly enthralled and entranced by the characters, the writing, the adventures, and Cheryl's knowledge of the part of the War of fought at sea.
See my review. What a delight to be able to follow the same characters, both endearing and terrifying, through a new set of challenges, this time set partially on land where an attempt is made to marry off Princess Emily to a "suitable" man from a wealthy family, thus ridding her Reading Cheryl Cooper's first novel, "Come Looking for Me". What a delight to be able to follow the same characters, both endearing and terrifying, through a new set of challenges, this time set partially on land where an attempt is made to marry off Princess Emily to a "suitable" man from a wealthy family, thus ridding her own relatives of an "embarrassment".
The author's delicious descriptions of some of the scenes between Emily, her prospective in-laws, and her prospective groom, are great fun. Meanwhile, Captain Fly Austen and Dr. Leander Braden, with whom Em is in love, face a dangerous voyage back to England to testify at the trial of the traitor, Captain Trevelyan. This novel was every bit as engaging as the first, and was perhaps even better written. I couldn't wait to begin the third immediately. Jan 20, Richard Hope rated it it was amazing. Mainly because I loved how it ended. A character driven piece set on the high seas during the War of , which more or less read like an engaging HBO miniseries.
It was great! I worried it would just be more of the same… That said, Second Summer of War is just as entertaining. What Cooper does so intelligently is she adds new locations, which makes for a slew of new dramatic conflict. In fact, half the book takes place on land where Emily is whisked away to live with the unsavory Duchess of Belmont.
Meanwhile, the disgraced and treasonous Captain Thomas Trevelyan awaits trial on a haunting prison hulk personally my favorite bits. Of course there are plenty more battles on the Atlantic, but what makes this book, and series for that matter, so great is that Cooper constantly introduces fresh conflict.
And I was willing to go along with her every step of the way because she creates such sympathetic and interesting characters. The dialogue is cinematic; the situations believable; and the research palpable. How is this not a TV series? It would certainly make for a great one! I now look forward to the next one!! Great read! Feb 19, Libby rated it it was amazing. She has taken history and used a fabulous imagination to weave a tale that will keep you reading until the wee hours of the morning. Once again young Emily has become somewhat of a prisoner, not aboard a ship, but at Hartwood Hall with her guardian, the Duchess of Belmont.
This woman gets under your skin; you wait for Emily to get the better of her. Your heart aches for her to be free of Hartwood Hall and to once again be in the company of her shipmates. While Emily is imprisoned at Hartwood, her dear friends struggles aboard the ships continue to keep you engaged in the war. These are great book club reads. Lots to discuss regarding the war and a woman's role during the 's. Dec 19, Ian Clark rated it it was amazing. Cheryl Cooper has once again created an excellent work of historical fiction in this sequel to Come Looking For Me.
This change in environment keeps the story fresh as Cooper continues to chronicle the lives of these c Cheryl Cooper has once again created an excellent work of historical fiction in this sequel to Come Looking For Me. Speaking of characters, Cooper is a master at creating them.
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The cinematic storyline and intense conflict make this a real page-turner. This is a sequel that truly harnesses the wind! Mar 03, Sonia Holiad rated it it was amazing. And do yourself a favour: have the sequel on hand before you finish the first. Apr 24, Cathy Kuntz rated it it was amazing. Cheryl Cooper has a way of weaving a plot that leaves you hanging at the end of each chapter Her characters are engaging and her storytelling gives the reader a sense they are there, with Emily and her friends and foes.
As a reader, that's what I'm looking for. Looking forward to the third novel in the series. View 1 comment. Jan 10, Nancy Beal rated it it was amazing. Rich with action and historical detail, I could hear the unearthly sounds of the sea and feel the decks rocking beneath my feet. Another whirlwind of a read! Feb 18, Tanya Evans rated it it was amazing. Needless to say I was loved every minute of this read.