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Just finished this book, and it is pretty much what everyone says it is.
A great history of Washington DC during the Civil War. Written over 70 years ago, it is still relevant, still pretty much historically accurate. I especially enjoyed the chapter about Mary Lincoln. It is a long book, (500+ pages) so don't get one with small print, otherwise you may feel like you will never finish reading it. I think it' worth the extra money to get it in hardcover.

There are several good reviews on line, but I think this is one of the better one's.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con...02409.html
I wish someone would invent a pill that once taken would make you think you were reading a favorite book again for the first time.

Reveille would be such a book.
Tom
I think the fact that it was published when Washington was in the midst of WWII gave a unique perspective to its original audience.
(06-07-2013 09:30 AM)Gene C Wrote: [ -> ]Just finished this book, and it is pretty much what everyone says it is.
A great history of Washington DC during the Civil War. Written over 70 years ago, it is still relevant, still pretty much historically accurate. I especially enjoyed the chapter about Mary Lincoln. It is a long book, (500+ pages) so don't get one with small print, otherwise you may feel like you will never finish reading it. I think it' worth the extra money to get it in hardcover.

There are several good reviews on line, but I think this is one of the better one's.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con...02409.html

Gene, why did you enjoy the chapter about Mary Lincoln?
It showed both sides of her personality, explained why she may have acted the way she did, but didn't make excuses for her.
Gene, you often come up with good books! Tanks for sharing!
Laurie and Betty recommended this not to long ago so I purchased it.
I read Margaret Leech's book years ago and only recently re-read it. I agree with all of you, as old as the book is it provides wonderful insights into life in the capital during the Civil War in addition to insights into personalities such as MTL.
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