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By Bruce Catton

While first released in 1953, Bruce Catton, our top-rated Civil warfare historian used to be presented either the Pulitzer Prize and the nationwide ebook Award for excellence in nonfiction.  This ultimate quantity of The military of the Potomac trilogy relates the ultimate 12 months of the Civil struggle.

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