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Civil War Fandex Family Field Guide

Fred W. Kiger (Author)

Reading Level: Ages 8 to 98

Availability: In stock



Paperback: 50 pages

Publisher: Workman Publishing

Language: English

ISBN: 9780761113980

Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 4 x .2 inches



The history of the Civil War is told through the stories of the men and women who lived and fought it, and the battles, accoutrements, issues, and events that defined it. The Clara Barton card not only tells of the "Angels of the Battlefield" but also explores the state of medicine during the war. The Shiloh card recounts a battle after which "the South never smiled again." Bringing the world of the Civil War to your fingertips, Fandex presents a field guide to the battles, generals, causes and outcomes of America's national tragedy.

Who shaped and inspired the mighty Army of the Potomac? Where was Lee headed when his army unexpectedly collided with Union cavalry just west of Gettysburg? What news turned the 1864 election and carried Lincoln into his second term? Documented with a compelling selection of on-the-spot photographs, full-color prints, paintings and historical artifacts.

-50 die-cut full color cards
-Hinged together with a plastic bolt
-Deck comes inside a clear plastic box with spine

Fandex is the quirky and wide-ranging series that includes images and text to create a lively family field guide of pure information. Take them along on a trip, use them to spark dinner table conversation, or keep them on hand for instant reference.

The 'War' After the War:
The news spread like wildfire. Robert E. Lee had just surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia. The mood across the North was one of jubilation, yet President Lincoln anticipated future battles in Congress over what to do with the defeated Southern states. As a pleasant diversion, he planned an evening at the theater, and kept a tragic date with destiny.

In December 1863 Abraham Lincoln had announced his "10% Plan," embracing his philosophy that the Southern states had never seceded since secession was unconstitutional. Simply stated, the plan mandated than when 10% of the population of a state that had voted in the 1860 election took an oath of allegiance, that state could organize a legitimate government and be readmitted to Congress. Restoration, not reconstruction, was emphasized.

Lincoln's political adversaries, the so-called "Radical" Republicans, maintained that the Southern states had committed "political suicide" and advocated a policy of revenge toward the South once fighting ended. Their view was embodied in the 1864 Wade-Davis Bill, which Lincoln pocket-vetoed, thereby drawing a clear political battle line.

On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln took a break from the political jousting. He and Mrs. Lincoln attended the 1,000th presentation of the comedy Our American Cousin. Around 10:00 p.m., John Wilkes Booth slipped into the presidential box and changed the course of history. His bullet entered behind the president's left ear and lodged behind his right eye. The wound was mortal. Shortly after 7:22 a.m., April 15, the Preserver of the Union was no more.

Although most Southerners did not realize it, they had just lost their greatest ally for a forgiving peace. Rumors abounded that Booth had been sent by the confederate government. The cry for vengeance was immediate. Although the rumor could not be verified, it was just the item for the "Radical" Republicans to wield in their own interest.

Andrew Johnson, a native Southerner who had been loyal to the Union, became the 17th President. His moderate views on reconstruction meant a short honeymoon with Congress, and his efforts were vilified so greatly that he became the first and only president to be impeached. On March 2, 1867, the "Radical" Republicans reigned supreme with the passage of the First Reconstruction Act, dividing all the former Confederate states except Tennessee into five military districts. Many Southern leaders lashed out at this reduction of their states to "colonial" status. Caught in the middle were millions of white farmers and emancipated blacks.

The War Between the States entered a second phase - one played out by vindictive politicians on both sides. They widely sowed the seeds of bitterness that continue to reinforce the old adage that though the War is over, the wounds still bleed.(Excerpted from Fandex Family Field Guides: Civil War. Copyright. Reprinted with permission by Workman Publishing.)

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