11-9-11: A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War
Especially here in the mid-Atlantic, we look at the American Civil War as a family fight – brother against brother, kinfolk split, longtime army comrades choosing sides that lined them up against each other in bloody battles.
Amanda Foreman has written a book that reminds us the parents were part of the fight, too, even if they claimed not to be. As Lincoln noted at Gettysburg, it was only four-score-and-seven years since Great Britain had lost the colonies. Tens of thousands of British subjects volunteered to fight in the American Civil War – on both sides. And as for the official position of the Queen’s government and her diplomats – it takes Foreman most of a thousand pages to tease that out.
Her new book is: A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War. She’ll be speaking in Baltimore at the Maryland Historical Society Thursday evening.