Books: Grim Reminder

THE BELEAGUERED CITY: RICHMOND 1861-1865—AIfred Hoyt Bill—Knopf ($3).

Another book on the War between the States has appeared, to remind Americans that their greatest war is still the one fought in America between Americans. The Beleaguered City is a sometimes lively, sometimes somber, always exciting description of the Confederate capital during its four-year ordeal as the symbol of victory to both North and South.

Virginia was a reluctant seceder. The state did not leave the Union until Fort Sumter was fired on and President Lincoln called for volunteers. In the first flush of secession and war optimism, in the almost carefree mood of...

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