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Civil War Boston
Home Front and Battlefield
Thomas H. O'Connor

2014 • 328 pp. 26 illus. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
Civil War / New England History

$24.95 Paperback, 978-1-61168-563-3
$23.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-564-0

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“This is the best book on the history of Boston to be written in decades . . . ranking in readerly charm and narrative grip with the books of Barbara Tuchman and Doris Kearns Goodwin.”—Jack Beatty, Boston magazine

The history of Bostonians and Boston during the Civil War

In this engaging volume, Thomas H. O’Connor examines the unique role that Boston and its inhabitants played in the Civil War and discusses the impact of the turbulent war years on the city’s civilian population. His captivating narrative follows the experiences of four distinctive and significant groups of people who formed antebellum Boston—businessmen, Irish Catholic immigrants, African Americans, and women. Interweaving vivid portraits of the Boston community with major political and military events of the Civil War, O’Connor relates how the war forever changed lives, disrupted homes, altered work habits, reshaped political allegiances, and transformed ideas.

Rich with colorful anecdotes about local figures, both renowned and long-forgotten, this is a fascinating account that will appeal to Civil War buffs, historians, and general readers alike.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“This is an indispensable book for any serious student of the Civil War.”—David Herbert Donald

“This is a fine addition to the growing literature about the home fronts in the Civil War.”—James M. McPherson

“[Thomas O’Connor] captures these tumultuous times with vital portraits of preachers and workmen, copperheads and abolitionists. O’Connor has again done Boston the favor of resurrecting its riotous and vivid past.”—Martin F. Nolan, Boston Globe

THOMAS H. O'CONNOR (1922–2012) was the unofficial dean of Boston historians and the author of numerous books.

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