Hearts Touched by Fire: The Best of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, Edited by Harold Holzer
In July 1883, just a few days after the twentieth anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, a group of editors at The Century Magazine engaged in a lively argument: Which Civil War battle was the bloodiest battle of them all? One claimed it was Chickamauga, another Cold Harbor.
The argument inspired a brainstorm: Why not let the magazine’s 125,000 readers in on the conversation by offering ‘a series of papers on some of the great battles of the war to be written by officers in command on both sides.’
The articles would be written by generals, Union and Confederate alike, who had commanded the engagements two decades earlier - ‘or, if he were not living,’ by ‘the person most entitled to speak for him or in his place.’ The pieces would present both sides of each major battle, and would be fair and free of politics. The most enduring entries from the classic four-volume series Battles and Leaders of the Civil War have now been edited and merged into one definitive volume.
Hearts Touched by Fire offers stunning accounts of the war’s great battles written by the men who planned, fought, and witnessed them - no one interested in American history will want to be without this collection of the most popular and influential first-person Civil War memoirs ever published.