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The Night the War Was Lost

by Charles L. Dufour

The Night the War Was Lost Synopsis

Long before the Confederacy was crushed militarily, it was defeated economically, writes Charles L. Dufour. He contends that with the fall of the critical city of New Orleans in spring 1862 the South lost the Civil War, although fighting would continue for three more years. On the Mississippi River, below New Orleans, in the predawn of April 24, 1862, David Farragut with fourteen gunboats ran past two forts to capture the South's principal seaport. Vividly descriptive, The Night the War Was Lost is also very human in its portrayal of terrified citizens and leaders occasionally rising to heroism. In a swift-moving narrative, Dufour explains the reasons for the seizure of New Orleans and describes its results.

The Night the War Was Lost Press Reviews

Must reading for naval warfare, Civil War, and Confederate buffs. -Saturday Review * Saturday Review * A well-paced, vivid chronicle, written with vigor and sharp detail. -Chicago Sunday Tribune * Chicago Sunday Tribune * A first-class piece of research. -American Historical Review * American Historical Review *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780803265998
Publication date: 1st January 1994
Author: Charles L. Dufour
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 443 pages
Categories: Military history, History of the Americas, General & world history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900,

About Charles L. Dufour

Charles L. Dufour, a former journalist, is the author of Nine Men in Gray (1993), also a Bison Book.

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