Day by Day through the Civil War in Georgia

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by Michael K. Shaffer

Until now, a daily account (1,630 days) of Georgia's social, political, economic, and military events during the Civil War did not exist. During the 160 years since the conflict's termination, many fine accounts of wartime Georgia have rolled off various presses. Each daily entry derives from a quill scrolling the parchment or a press imprinting type on the day the activity occurred. For the author, constraint proved a continuing challenge, while the unearthing of a few dramatic quotes, without a date associated, negated their use in this resource. Many former reference books were too much North or too much South, but with this effort, Michael K. Shaffer strikes a balance between the combatants while remembering the struggles of enslaved persons, folks on the home front, and merchants and clergy attempting to maintain some sense of normalcy. Historians and students will benefit from using this book in future research endeavors. As such, this work will become the standard reference book for those studying the Civil War in Georgia. Maps, footnotes, a detailed index, and bibliographical references will aid those wanting more.

  • Hardcover
  • 480 pages
  • published February 1, 2022