Reveille in Washington, 1860-1865

Reveille in Washington Reconstructs an intimate portrait of life in Washington during the Civil War bringing to life the men and events which dominated the capital in a critical era of American history

  • Title: Reveille in Washington, 1860-1865
  • Author: Margaret Leech
  • ISBN: 9780881847321
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Paperback
  • Reconstructs an intimate portrait of life in Washington during the Civil War, bringing to life the men and events which dominated the capital in a critical era of American history.

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    1. Reveille, as every American soldier knows, is the sunrise bugle call that tells every fighting man and woman in the United States’ armed forces, every day, that the time has come to get up and go to work. And when historian Margaret Leech gave her magisterial 1942 study of Civil War Washington, D.C the title Reveille in Washington, 1860-1865, she may have meant more by her title than simply indicating that the notes of reveille -- what soldiers have often described as you’ve-got-to-get-up, y [...]

    2. 31. REVEILLE IN WASHINGTON. (1941). Margaret Leech. *****.Ms. Leech garnered the first of her two Pulitzer Prizes for History with this exacting story of the city of Washington during the years of the Civil War. She begins just as Buchanan was leaving office and Lincoln was slated to be sworn in. Even this simple statement gives rise to numerous tales of the ordeals that Lincoln had to go through just to get to Washington for the ceremony. The city itself was in the process of becoming a capitol [...]

    3. “That winter, the old General moved from the rooms he had rented from the free mulatto, Wormley, in I Street to Cruchet’s at Sixth and D Streets. His new quarters, situated on the ground floor–a spacious bedroom, with a private dining-room adjoining–were convenient for a man who walked slowly and with pain… “In spite of his nearly seventy-five years and his increasing infirmities, the General was addicted to the pleasures of the table. Before his six o’clock dinner, his black body [...]

    4. An interesting read which features an unusual layout for a popular history book. It follows the story of Washington D.C. during the civil war. It includes stories about the politicians, military leaders, general public, major events and confederate conspirators. It is loaded with vivid anecdotes of the famous and everyday people who lived in D.C. during the war. However, it does get really dry at times, especially when the author is describing the various military engagements that occurred in th [...]

    5. A very detailed and interesting history of Washington DC during the civil war period. Told in story form and covers everything from city layout, politics, the first family, medicine, arts, emancipation, secessionists, intrigues, assassination and development of the armies and battles. Washington, then as now, has always been a divisive place. The power in this story, as in all hero stories, is in finding those rare imperfect souls that change the world for the better In spite of the challenges a [...]

    6. Cannot recommend this book enough. Leech was a beautiful writer. Though she holds the same perspective as many Civil War historians of her generation, which manifests itself in a bias against the Radical Republicans and in particular Secretary of War Stanton, the chapter leading up to the Lincoln's assassination is alone worth reading the book.

    7. An early Pulitzer Prize winner about life in Washington D.C. during the Civil War. Well written and worth the read for history buffs

    8. I’ve long had a vague impression of the Civil War as a protracted war of attrrition, pitting an undermanned and undersupplied, but resourceful South against a politically-disorganized Union whose floundering efforts were exacerbated by an ever-changing series of inexperienced military incompetents. Little information is presented here to alter or inform this view. Either the Civil War was a tedious, meandering parade of daily urban trivia, or this book is a massive disappointment.It’s beauti [...]

    9. This is a wonderful book about how the Civil War changed the city of Washington from a derided and lampooned muddy "village" with a scattering of buildings to the hub of a national, centralized, federal government. The War itself is discussed only to the extent it affected the residents of the City -- how news came to the residents first from the streams of casualties coming to Washington hospitals up the Potomac River from the front; how Confederate sympathizers continually disrupted daily life [...]

    10. I very much enjoyed Reveille in Washington. Margaret Leech brought to life for me what Washington was like during the days when Lincoln walked those streets. I feel like I could walk down 1860's streets of the city then and somewhat understand the politics, social issues and concerns broiling in such a combative and controversial time. I enjoyed learning about those leaders serving around Lincoln and am reminded of how a person's political and personal ideas can impact history. I can look at the [...]

    11. I read this book in preparation for a Civil War Round Table trip I was to take but was unable to do so. It is a GEM! Anyone interested in the Civil War, or Washington D.C. will be fascinated by Margaret Leech's very readable scholarly description of life in our nation's capitol during one of our country's most defining moments. Washington D.C. then, was not the beautiful pristine place it is today. The capitol building was not complete the dome looking like a cracked egg shell. The Washington Mo [...]

    12. Leech’s Reveille in Washington is a full-strength view of the times and temperament of the capital during the Civil War years 1860–1865. It conveys that the difference between the sympathies of the North and the empathies of the South weren’t always that great. While at times the narrative seems more like an order of battle for the Army of the Potomac and its ever-changing leadership, the book touches on many topics: such as the civilian attempts of Lincoln and Stanton to direct the milita [...]

    13. This is an in-depth, highly detailed look at life in Washington D.C. during the Civil War. From James Buchanan's intense desire to get the heck out of town to Edward Stanton's horrific mistreatment of the conspirators who in ways small and large helped John Wilkes Booth to achieve eternal infamy, it's ridiculously enthralling. Packed with tales of soldiers waiting for war, of politicians jockeying for position, of prostitutes plying their trade, of theaters and hotels making money, of secessioni [...]

    14. This is one of the most readable history books I have read in a long time. I usually steer clear of Civil War books, they connote a Christmas present for Grandfather too much. But I was pleasantly surprised at both how much I enjoyed reading this book, and how interesting the subject was.The focus is Washington D.C. during the Civil War, both the politics happening in the Lincoln and local administration, and also the battles fought in the surrounding areas. Leech gives the characters great pers [...]

    15. An exhaustive look at Washington DC during the Civil War years. I'm typically a fast reader, but it took me 6 weeks to read this book. There are so many names to keep straight and battles and different political factions and dates. (I should have made more use of the handy appendices in the back of the book.) It was written in the forties, so some words and phrases are out of date, so I had to stop and look things up in the dictionary.I grew up on the West Coast and came away with the simplistic [...]

    16. I was interested in reading this book as one that would give me a feeling for the 'home front' during the Civil War. Drawing on newspaper accounts, memoirs etc, it does do that. Much of what Leech presents is quite interesting. Unfortunately my tastes, it was simply too anecdotal. Some sections as, for example, descriptions of the tent hospitals prisons were engrossing. In other places Leech goes on about particular people in a way that seemed gossipy. Her presentation of the way various battles [...]

    17. I recommend this especially to other DC locals. It tells the familiar story from a unique perspective; events unfold not according to straight chronology, but rather the order in which news of them reached the city. The effect of this for a modern reader is the stark reminder of the great difference of an age in which news was not instantaneous, when setting off on a voyage could lead to gaps of years in getting word about family and friends. Leech selects many evocative sources, and follows viv [...]

    18. This is an excellent book. The book describes life in Washington during the Civil War and reveals valuable insights and anecdotes of a different era in this "southern" city during a time of national crisis. Well-researched and well-written (the book won a Pulitzer Prize) the book was published around 1940. Its writing style reflects the time when it was written; slightly more formal than books hitting the market today. This book is now long forgotten by the public--unfortunately--but it left an [...]

    19. I loved that this book was totally DC-centric; it's a perspective on the Civil War that you don't get very often, but it was one that allowed me to better understand and grasp how the War changed America. You don't get much information about individual battles (I think Antietam gets about a paragraph and Gettysburg gets about a half a page), but you do get extensive analysis of Washington's reaction to the wins and the losses. This book gives a fuller picture of what it was really like to be liv [...]

    20. Although written more than 70 years ago, this remains one of the finest histories of what life was like in the capital during the Civil War.“There were people who loved Washington, not alone with an habitual affection for warm firesides and growing gardens, but because they found enjoyment in the particular life the town afforded. They derived a vicarious excitement from the proximity of Government, and from the many rumors of which Washington was the sounding box. They watched with pride and [...]

    21. I picked up this book in a used bookstore, with no previous knowledge of it. What a serendipitous choice!I thoroughly enjoyed this book as a portrait of Washington in the 1860s. The author's choice of words is a bit out of kilter with the words we would use today (her terms of reference to African Americans would not be today's choice) but her description of the electrifying impact of the Emancipation Proclamation could have been written yesterday. Hats off to Margaret Leech for a well-written a [...]

    22. Excellent Having always been an avid history nerd, this book lent a totally new perspective to the years surrounding the civil war. Events I'd always understood from within the context of the war itself, made totally new sense from the story told from within the capital. It also added considerable depth to my understanding of how the federal ideals transformed prior to this test of our union

    23. At the time I read this book it was considered a classic and the book and its author had received a Pulitzer.Until I saw it listed I had not thought about it in years. Now I am anxious to find a copy for a re-read.My memory of the book is that it was incredibly well written, entertaining yet scholarly, and gave me the feeling that I was living in the period. Of course I was sixteen when I read it. After I read it again I'll write more.

    24. Well researched topic. Deals with Washington during the Civil War years. Does not focus on the main events such as Lincoln's death or on Gettysburg but rather uses these historical events to discuss the reaction of the populace, politicians, military leaders, etc. to the events. Fascinating book although clearly an historical work.

    25. It’s a wonderful read about the history of the District of Columbia during the Civil War, factual but with the feel of quality fiction. The book has been around since 1941 and won the Pulitzer Prize. The latest edition, which I don’t have, has an introduction by James McPherson. Because of the nature of the District, it is a mix of the national and local story of the war.

    26. Outstanding!! Margaret Leech was an incredibly beautiful writer. I really enjoyed reading this book. This is a must for anyone interested in the Civil War & Washington D.C. I can't wait to read more of her work.

    27. A nice history that features the city during the civil war. Many incidents about Lincoln, but not focused on him. A lot on the difficulty finding adequate generals and how much authority would be given them.

    28. This is a delightfully written book (marred by casual references to "darkies" and the like, sigh). Leech's focus on Washington provides a unique perspective on the Civil War, focusing on how the war changed the capital from a sleepy backwater to the true heart of the Union.

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