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Donnybrook: The Battle of Bull Run, 1861 By David Detzer,

  • Title: Donnybrook: The Battle of Bull Run, 1861
  • Author: David Detzer
  • ISBN: 9780156031431
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • In April 1861, Confederate artillery blasted Fort Sumter into surrender Within weeks, the Confederacy had established its capital at Richmond On May 24, Lincoln ordered troops across the Potomac into Virginia, only a few miles from the Confederate military base near the hamlet of Manassas A great battle was inevitable whether this would end the war, as many expected, wIn April 1861, Confederate artillery blasted Fort Sumter into surrender Within weeks, the Confederacy had established its capital at Richmond On May 24, Lincoln ordered troops across the Potomac into Virginia, only a few miles from the Confederate military base near the hamlet of Manassas A great battle was inevitable whether this would end the war, as many expected, was the only question On July 21, near a stream called Bull Run, the two forces fought from early morning until after dark in the first great battle of the Civil War America would never be quite the same Donnybrook is the first major history of Bull Run to detail the battle from its origins through its aftermath Using copious and remarkably detailed primary source mate rial including the recollections of hundreds of average soldiers David Detzer has created an epic account of a defining moment in American history This new paperback edition includes additional maps.
    Donnybrook The Battle of Bull Run In April Confederate artillery blasted Fort Sumter into surrender Within weeks the Confederacy had established its capital at Richmond On May Lincoln ordered troops across the Potomac into

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    1. Any author attempting to write about this first major battle of American Civil War is facing some severe difficulties not only is there a lot of myths that need to be punched through , but also, the battle itself developed in very chaotic manner Nevertheless, Detzer manages to deliver a very competent narrative, along with a superb analysis of why the events developed the way they did This book is absolutely on same level as those of Sears and Cozzens There is only one thing that stops me from g [...]

    2. An excellent narrative of the Battle of First Bull Run Once again Detzer demonstrates his skill at creating a sense of history in the moment Nothing is a foregone conclusion the anxieties, moments of indecision and chaos are well conveyed His defense of Patterson s actions or lack thereof may raise a few eyebrows, but I found his alternative views detailed than the typical slow and incompetent throwaway explanation and certainly provide some food for thought History Reader s Lament More Maps

    3. David Detzer brings an excellent finale to his three book series on the start of the civil war While not a revealing story of little known events like the first two he provides a different take on the battle of Bull Run Details of the battle are given within this book but it is not your typical civil war book and the lack of maps is intentional since it really is about the political fallout and what the military on both sides learned from their encounter From the defeat of the Union and the ret [...]

    4. For several reasons, this was a good read Firstly, it provides a thorough, well researched account of the conflict Secondly, the author strives to paint than a graphic picture of the battle he attempts to convey the emotions felt by the participants and observers alike Detzer s research gives us a fresh look at the facts He tells us where and why his interpretation of the battle differs from previous historians views While he provides us with pertinent statistics and facts, he keeps it interest [...]

    5. An exceptional retelling of the Battle of Bull Run, David Detzer offers an engaging account of the first major clash of the American Civil War With a generous helping of first person accounts, and meticulously detailed examinations of the planning on both sides of the battle, this book offers a fascinating glimpse of just how little Americans knew about the real horrors of war, to say nothing of how bloody the next four years would be As a minor complaint, the book could have used maps of the b [...]

    6. Detzer is at his best here describing the run up to the battle, but once the action starts, things become a bit hard to follow While he does attempt to clear up some of the uncertainty surrounding a few of the battle s key events, Detzer reminds us several times that trying to piece together a comprehensive picture of the battle is a devilishly difficult task since the participants left conflicting narratives timelines I guess that s his way of being honest lowering our expectations so we won t [...]

    7. Detzer is by far one of my favorite history authors His writing style is colorful and enjoyable, and his history is always framed in the greater perspective of the time social, political, etc , which so often, many other historians ignore This is my personal favorite of all of his works, as it underscores the innocence lost theme of the first large battle of the American Civil War, and takes an unflinching look at the unrealistic expectations of the soldiers, leaders, and citizenry of both Ameri [...]

    8. Very compelling narrative and gave a clear view at both the tactical and strategic level The biggest drawback is the lack of maps If I hadn t just mounted a 22 x30 color map of this battlefield to wallboard, I would have been decently lost geographically, although Detzer did as well as could be expected in describing the relative locales without maps I m contemplating buying this one for future re reads At least I finally finished reading this in time for the sesquicentennial of the battle.

    9. Wow I ve read a lot of books on the Civil War and this is one of my favorites by a person not named Shaara Detzer takes the details of history and weaves them into a compelling story This is non fiction that sometimes reads likes historical fiction as Detzer knows just how to bring the reader along By the time you re done you ll know as much as you could ever want to know about the battle of Bull Run.

    10. Superb writing with amusing similes about the first major battle of the American Civil War It provides a good lead up to the battle, lots of details, good tangents on aspects of Civil War era military, tackles all the controversies, but perhaps best of all was just a joy to read.My only real criticism is the HUGE lack of maps.

    11. This book is a detailed look at the events leading up to the battle, and the battle itself Although the battle descriptions were detailed, I found myself longing for a detailed map of the battlefield in order to follow the narrative.

    12. I recently took a full day tour of the Bull Run battlefield I was told by the local historians that this was the best book about the battle.

    13. very historically accurate in terms of where they fought and what times they fought as well as their plan of attack.

    14. Interesting to learn the details of the battle, how the union commander made a poor decision while sick at his stomach that had great effect re the union defeat.

    15. This book is amazing in the details I m taking my time to absorb it all Wish I d read it loong before now.

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