Big Bethel: The First Battle

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The battle at Virginia's Big Bethel Church, known as the Civil War's first land battle, was a baptism of fire for a nation newly torn apart by civil war. Northern and Southern soldiers alike could not imagine how fiery passions and technological advances would collide into America's bloodiest war, all beginning that hot, cloudless day at Bethel, as the shells burst among the smartly clad Zouaves. Here, the war saw its first friendly fire incident, the death of the first West Point graduate, the death of the first Confederate infantryman and the first Confederate victory. Join award-winning historian John Quarstein as he details the story of the June 10, 1861 battle, when soldiers first realized that the war would not be filled with glorious parades but rather desperate struggles to decide the fate of the nation.
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ISBN: 9781609493547
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
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State: Virginia
Series: Civil War
Images: 66
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Author
John V. Quarstein is an award-winning historian, preservationist and author. He presently serves as historian for the city of Hampton. He previously worked as the director of the Virginia War Museum and as consultant to The Mariners' Museum's Monitor Center. Quarstein is the author of a dozen books, and his most recent work is The Monitor Boys: The Crew of the Union's First Ironclad. He also has produced, narrated and written several PBS documentaries, including Jamestown: Foundations of Freedom and the film series Civil War in Hampton Roads, which was awarded a 2007 Silver Telly. His latest film, Hampton: From the Sea to the Stars, was a 2011 Bronze Telly winner. John Quarstein is the recipient of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 1993 President's Award for Historic Preservation; the Civil War Society's Preservation Award in 1996; and the United Daughters of the Confederacy's Jefferson Davis Gold Medal in 1999. Besides his lifelong interest in Tidewater Virginia's Civil War experience, Quarstein is also an avid duck hunter and decoy collector. He lives on Old Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia, and on his family's Eastern Shore farm near Chestertown, Maryland.
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