In the early months of the Civil War, Holmes captured the anxious mood on the home front
"Our defeat at Bull Run was in no true sense a disaster; we not only deserved it, but needed it. It should give us new confidence in our cause, in our strength, in our final success." Soon after the start of the Civil War, Charles Eliot Norton urged the Union Army to toughen its resolve.
A book review
When the news flashed over the country, on Monday, the 22nd of July, that our army, whose advance into Virginia had been so long expected, and had…