Terrible Swift Sword Author:Bruce Catton TERRIBLE SWIFT SWORD tells the story of two turning points which made the Civil War the most tragic and yet the most important in America's history. — Bruce Catton, the greatest of Civil War historians, first describes how, slowly but inexorably, the war got out of hand. Almost before anyone recognized it, a neat "limited" war had become impossib... more »le.
Then, Mr. Catton reveals how the sweeping force of all-out conflict changed the war's purpose, turning it from an act of suppressing rebellion into a war for human freedom.
Here, in telling detail and astonishing scope, is the exciting way to and beyond Emancipation, "the act which enlarged the horizon of those in bondage and in the end pushed America's own horizon all the way out to infinity."« less