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The Outbreak of Rebellion

The Outbreak of Rebellion by John G. Nicolay
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"His [Nicolay's] story runs from Governor Gist's circular letter to Southern governors under date of October 5th, 1860, to the Battle of Bull Run, July 21st 1861. It is brilliant, well-proportioned, full of interest; written with intense convictions of right, an impatient contempt of opposite opinions, and a disposition not to mince words, but unhesitatingly to call treason treason, and civil war conspiracy...To him it was all a miserable conspiracy of office-holders, dragging the people after them by political jugglery at conventions..."

"Nothing, however, could be better than Mr. Nicolay's account of the uprising of the North, upon the first hostile act committed against the sovereignty of the United States. The successive steps in the transition from a condition of heated argument to a state of open and sanguinary war are narrated in logical sequence...forming a vivid picture of the soul-stirring days of the Spring of 1861. Finally comes the pitched battle of Bull Run, where both sides tried their mettle, and where, to the surprise of victors no less than of the vanquished, one side was suddenly and overwhelmingly defeated. The account of this battle is excellent, and may well take its place as the standard short history of it" -- The Century, vol. 23, issue 4 (Feb 1882).

Digital Scanning, Inc.; October 2001
240 pages; ISBN 9781582185590
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Title: The Outbreak of Rebellion
Author: John G. Nicolay