by Andrew Ward
From the publisher:
The first narrative history of the Civil War as told by the very people it freed.
Groundbreaking, compelling, and poignant, The Slaves' War delivers an unprecedented vision of the nation's bloodiest conflict. An acclaimed historian of nineteenth-century and African-American history, Andrew Ward gives us the first narrative of the Civil War told from the perspective of those whose destiny it decided.Woven together from hundreds of interviews, diaries, letters, and memoirs, here is the Civil War as seen not only from battlefields, capitals, and camps, but also from slave quarters, kitchens, roadsides, swamps, and fields. Speaking in a quintessentially American language of biblical power and intensity, body servants, army cooks and launderers, runaways, teamsters, and gravediggers bring the war to richly detailed life. From slaves' theories about the causes of the Civil War to their frank assessments of such major figures as Lincoln, Davis, Lee, and Grant; from their searing memories of the carnage of battle to their often startling attitudes toward masters and liberators alike; and from their initial jubilation at the Yankee invasion of the slave South to the crushing disappointment of freedom's promise unfulfilled, The Slaves' War is a transformative and engrossing vision of America's Second Revolution.
"This is a riveting book about the most important event in our history . . . readable and compelling." --Ken Burns