Never Call Retreat Author:Bruce Catton Volume three of The Centennial History of the Civil War. — Bruce Catton’s 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 t... more »he history of the United States. Through the kaleidoscopic tone 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 against itself could not 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.
The closing chapters of the war are movingly told, with that supremely artful choice of the words of the men and women involved; with irony, occasional tartness, and, it must be said, with love—love for one people and the principles involved.
Though Bruce Catton takes the war only to its formal end, he vividly points up that reconstruction continues to this moment.« less