The Hidden Civil War

By Wood Gray
MR. GRAY tells the same story as Mr. Milton but in a very different way. His order is chronological; he analyzes the political and other trends almost month by month from contemporary sources. His documentation is immense: his references at the end of the volume take up almost fifty pages of fine print; his bibliography covers twenty-five pages (Mr. Milton’s covers five). Undoubtedly the two authors follow different purposes in this connection, but it is fair to say that Mr. Gray’s book is more fully annotated and thus of greater value to historians. Indeed Mr. Gray’s is a thoroughly scholarly performance without being in the least dry-as-dust. Laymen may read it with keen enjoyment and a growing wonder at the plausible wrong-headedness possible in a democracy.
These two volumes cover most adequately an unhappy chapter in our history, one which is almost forgotten by the ordinary citizen. This neglect is unfortunate, as there are Copperheads abroad in the land today, by whatever high-sounding name one calls them. Men of good will should read The Hidden Civil war and ponder on this League and that Committee which were so mighty before Pearl Harbor, and which are by no means dead today. Editorializing aside, let us rejoice in so wise and able an exposition of the past as Mr. Gray has given us. R. E. D.