1861: The Civil War Awakening

1861: The Civil War Awakening - Adam Goodheart ***I technically finished this on January 1st, but back-dated it by one day so I can keep my 2013 numbers clean.***

A surprisingly great read that cover the first five to six months of 1861. Rather than focus on the military outbreak, or even the politics, the majority of the book looks at various people and groups around the country and their backgrounds and reactions to the events that started the war. The only military discussion is about Fort Sumter, and that was not truly a military action as much as strategic maneuvering. I learned a lot from this book and would loved it to continue through the first battles and beyond.