A Brief History of the Cold War by Lee Edwards, Elizabeth Edwards Spalding

By Lee Edwards, Elizabeth Edwards Spalding

The chilly struggle was once a vital clash in American background. At stake used to be even if the area will be ruled via the forces of totalitarianism led by way of the Soviet Union, or encouraged by way of the rules of financial and political freedom embodied within the usa. The chilly battle validated the US because the chief of the unfastened international and a world superpower. It formed U.S. army approach, financial coverage, and household politics for almost 50 years.

In A short heritage of the chilly War, individual students Lee Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards Spalding recount the pivotal occasions of this protracted fight and clarify the ideas that finally resulted in victory for freedom. They examine the improvement and implementation of containment, détente, and eventually President Reagan's philosophy: "they lose, we win." The chilly warfare teaches very important classes approximately statecraft and America's imperative position within the world.

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October 27: Union forces again bombarded Fort Sumter, South Carolina. October 28: Battle of Wauhatchie, Tennessee, occurred this night; Forrest attacked Union shipping on the Tennessee River near Fort Heiman, Tennessee. October 29: Fort Sumter was again heavily shelled by Union forces. October 30: A supply ship arrived in Chattanooga, ending the near starvation conditions for the Union soldiers. November 2: Nathaniel P. Banks’s Union force landed at Brazos Santiago Island, Texas, to isolate Brownsville.

Franklin Gardner refused Banks’s surrender demand at Port Hudson, Louisiana. June 14: Second Battle of Winchester, Virginia; Banks unsuccessfully attacked Port Hudson. June 15: Battle of Stephenson’s Depot, Virginia; Ewell’s corps began crossing the Potomac River into Maryland. June 16: Hooker’s Army xxxiv • CHRONOLOGY of the Potomac reached Fairfax Court House, Virginia, in pursuit of Lee; Lee crossed the Potomac River into Maryland. June 17: Battle of Aldie, Virginia. June 17–19: Battle of Middleburg, Virginia.

October 17: Hood moved toward Gadsden, Alabama, planning to invade Tennessee and force Sherman out of Georgia. October 19: Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia; Confederate agents raided St. Albans, Vermont; Nathan Bedford Forrest left Corinth, Mississippi, on a three-week raid into Tennessee; Battle of Lexington, Missouri. October 20: Lincoln issued a proclamation establishing Thanksgiving as a national holiday for feasting and thanking God for Union victories. October 21: Battle of Little Blue River, Missouri.

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