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The Night the War Was Lost by Charles L. Dufour


The Night the War Was Lost by Charles L. Dufour

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.


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 *

About the Author

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

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Publication date

1st January 1994


Charles L. Dufour

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University of Nebraska Press


443 pages


Military history
History of the Americas
General & world history
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900



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