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I Used to Know That: Civil War
Stuff You Forgot From School

By Fred DuBose

Subject: Bestselling I Used to Know That Series
paper-over-board | 176 pages | 5 3/8 x 8 x 11/16
US$14.95 | CAN$15.95
Publication Date: 2011-04-14
ISBN: 9781606522448
Packed with interesting facts and surprises, the Civil War comes alive as you relive the story of the people who fought the battles, the volunteers who came to their aid, and the path to freedom for those brought to America in chains.

As the 150th anniversary of the Civil War approaches, the fascination with all things Civil War continues ever more strongly. With I Used to Know That: Civil War, snippets of history class will come rushing back as you recall that:

  • The mere election of Abraham Lincoln pushed seven Southern states to secede.
  • Distinguished soldier and military strategist Robert E. Lee was offered command of the U.S. Army two days before he was chosen to lead the rebel army of Northern Virginia.
  • Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy spinster who lived in the Confederate capital, feigned craziness to mask her activities as one of the Union’s most effective spies.
  • Robert Smalls, a slave, absconded with a Confederate ship, went on to pilot ships for the Union Navy, and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives after the war.

Author Fred DuBose takes you beyond the history book and in a lively style brings to life colorful stories that include heroes, brilliant military strategists, blunderers, spies, wives on the home front, Underground Railroad facilitators, surgeons, and journalists who took the highs and lows of the war to the public. . Make this a permanent fixture on your eReader, and you'll have instant access to searchable knowledge.


Fred DuBose, a native Texan, is a writer, editor, and book developer based in New York City. He served as an editorial director of Reader’s Digest Illustrated Reference Books and is the author of an eclectic collection of books with subjects as varied as tomatoes, grandparents, cooking, and wine.