“ADMIRED BY HISTORIANS AND STUDENTS ALIKE”: CHURCHILL’S AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
CHURCHILL, Winston. The American Civil War. London: Cassell, (1961). Octavo, modern three-quarter navy morocco, raised bands, spine panels gilt-stamped with Churchill lion emblems, top edge gilt. $1200.
First separate English edition of Churchill’s history of the American Civil War, with six maps and numerous black-and-white photographs, handsomely bound.
"The first of many spin-offs from Churchill's History of the English-Speaking Peoples, this fine little work captures his marvelous and detailed description of America's greatest domestic convulsion, coupling his text with excellent Civil War photographs by Mathew Brady and others. Churchill had explored the battlefields of Virginia with none other than Douglas Southall Freeman, the great American Civil War historian; and he had toured Gettysburg with a local resident of some experience at war, Dwight Eisenhower. His fine if brief account of the War Between the States has been admired by historians and students alike" (Langworth, 327-28). Churchill noted that after Lincoln "saved the Union with steel and flame," he turned to "healing his country's wounds," urging his countrymen to forgive the South, pointing to the "paths of forgiveness and goodwill." Churchill's mother was the daughter of American financier Leonard Jerome; after Lincoln's assassination in 1865, the Jerome house in New York City was draped in black and, in Lincoln's spirit, Jerome raised funds to relieve the distress of impoverished Southerners. Issued in the same year as the first American edition. Excerpted without change from History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Volume IV, first published in 1958. Cohen A272.1.a. Woods A138(b).