By Adam Goodheart
An epic of braveness and heroism past the battlefields, 1861 is Adam Goodheart’s account of the way the Civil warfare started and a moment American revolution opened up, atmosphere Abraham Lincoln at the route to greatness and thousands of slaves at the street to freedom.
In this gripping and unique booklet, Goodheart introduces us to a heretofore little-known solid of Civil conflict heroes—among them an acrobatic defense force colonel, an explorer’s spouse, an idealistic band of German immigrants, a regiment of latest York urban firemen, a neighborhood of Virginia slaves, and a tender collage professor who might at some point turn into president. Their tales take us from the corridors of the White apartment to the slums of new york, from the waters of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada, from Boston universal to Alcatraz Island, vividly evoking the Union at its second of final obstacle and decision.
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15 Fortescue, Correspondence of George III, ill, nr. 1706. 16 SP84/547, Yorke to Suffolk, 5 Sept. 1775. Printed in Kapp, Soldatenhandel, p. 243, but in such a manner as to give the false impression that Yorke had actually sounded out these princes. See also SP84/555, Suffolk to Yorke, 4 Mar. 1777, listing those princes actually approahced. Although two contemporary travel accounts state that Faucitt made an offer to Hessen-Darmstadt and was refused, there is nothing to support this in the official 11 correspondence in SP81/181-96.
60 J o h a n n C a s p a r R i e s b e c k , Travels through Germany in a Series of Letters written in German by the Baron Riesbeck (3 vols. L o n d o n , 1787), III, p . 1 4 9 . 61 Encyclopaedia Britannica ( 2 n d e d n . E d i n b u r g h , 1780), v , p . 3 6 2 8 ; House and Dominions of Hesse Cassel, p. 55. The most complete description of contemporary Hessen is in Anton Friedrich Busching, Erdbeschreibung, VII (Hamburg, 1790), pp. 78-149 and 250-2. 62 Proportionately the Hessian army was the largest in Germany.
Nef's theme is that involvement in war is detrimental to a nation's economic and cultural development. 59 A. J. P. Taylor, The Origins of the Second World War (Penguin Books, 1964), pp. 1516. 32 The Hessians go to America was better to give English money than English lives, that the subsidy policy was cheaper because industry and trade would still flourish and soon draw back the money paid abroad. 61 Friedrich II of HessenKassel was an educated and cultured man, the typical small scale enlightened despot: an active reformer, reorganizing the administration of his state and its penal code, abolishing the death penalty for various crimes and the use of torture.