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Two Months in the Confederate States

An Englishman's Travels Through the South

156 pages / 6.00 x 9.00 inches / 5 halftones, 1 map

Civil War

  Paperback / 9780807123355 / September 1998

“A vivid portrait of the Confederacy at a moment when it still believed that triumph was inevitable, yet when the ingredients of its defeat were self-evident.”—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

“Through his copious, informative notes, Trask adds a great deal to this vivid account of an English hardware merchant’s travels in the Deep South during the Civil War autumn of 1862. . . . Perhaps because he was a stranger, however sympathetic to the southern cause, this Englishman gives a fresh perspective of the South at war, whereas local diarists took much of the ordinary for granted.”—Publishers Weekly

“Many of Corsan’s predictions proved wrong, but at a time when the Civil War is so overanalyzed, it is refreshing to be reminded how difficult it was to foresee an end that today sometimes seems inevitable.”—Virginia Libraries

Benjamin H. Trask is librarian for the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia.

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