Hearts Touched by Fire: The Best of Battles and Leaders of by Harold Holzer (Ed.); James M. McPherson, James I. Robertson,

By Harold Holzer (Ed.); James M. McPherson, James I. Robertson, Jr., Stephen W. Sears, Craig L. Symonds, Joan Waugh (contributors)

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In other words, the series struck editors and publisher alike not only as a genuine public service but, more important, as a lucrative marketing bonanza. Encouraged to proceed, Gilder assigned Johnson to lead the effort, with Buel assisting. Buel prepared an outline during his summer vacation. Johnson began contacting potential contributors. By then few inside the company doubted that the series would prove appealing. Yet it is probably fair to say that no one who signed off on the project in 1883 could have imagined the scope, size, importance, or enduring reputation that it eventually achieved.

Fort Moultrie, at the time of which we write, was considered a rather pleasant station, Sullivan’s Island being a favorite summer resort. Many of the wealthy citizens of Charleston had their summer residences there, and indeed some of them lived there all the year round. There was a large summer hotel on the beach half-way up the island, and a horse railway connected the steamboat wharf and the hotel. The military reservation stretched across the island from the front to the back beach, like a waistbelt of moderate width, and the fort looked like a big buckle at the front end.

McPherson, Joan Waugh, and James I. Robertson, Jr. Their extraordinary previous contributions include authoritative works on the land and sea war, from Union and Confederate perspectives alike, along with books on Lincoln’s command leadership and the careers of Generals George B. McClellan, Ulysses S. Grant, and Stonewall Jackson—to cite but a few of their award-winning contributions to the fields of military and political history. The editor invited them to join him in selecting year-by-year highlights from the original collection, divided into the five years of the war, 1861 through 1865, and also to write individual introductions that focus on the military engagements recalled in each, with an eye to appraising the interpretations offered in the original Battles and Leaders.

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