Never Call Retreat Author:Bruce Catton Never Call Retreat traces the Civil War from Fredericksburg to a courthouse at Appomattox, the end of the Confederacy, and the death of Lincoln. — This is an eloquent study of the most bitter years of the war, when death slashed the country with a brutality unparalleled in the history of the United States. Through the kaleidoscopic tome ... more »and temper of the struggle, two men, different in stature but similar in dedication to their awesome tasks, grappled with the burden of being leaders, in both politics and war.
In the North, Lincoln remained resolute in the belief that a house divided agsinst itself cannot stand. His use of vast resources is brilliantly contrasted to Jefferson Davis' valiant struggle for political and economic stability in a hopelessly fragmented and underdeveloped South.« less