Civil War Chatroom Book Chat
This is a  Civil War book discussion that was scheduled and held in the Civil War Home Chatroom.  What you see is the chat between the members as it occurred.  Each session consisted of discussing 2 or 3 chapters of the selected book and lasted about 1-1 1/2 hours.

Allegiance:  Fort Sumter, Charleston, and the Beginning of the Civil War
David Detzer

    An original and deeply human portrait of soldiers and civilians caught in the vortex of war.
    So vividly does Allegiance re-create the events leading to the firing of the first shot of the Civil War on April 12, 1861, that we can feel the fabric of the Union tearing apart. It is a tense and surprising story, filled with indecisive bureaucrats, uninformed leaders, hotheaded politicians, and dedicated and honorable soldiers on both sides.
    The six-month-long agony that began with Lincoln's election in November sputtered from one crisis to the next until Lincoln's inauguration, and finally exploded as the soldiers at Sumter neared starvation. At the center of this dramatic narrative is the heroic figure of Major Robert Anderson, a soldier whose experience had taught him above all that war is the poorest form of policy. With little help from Washington, D.C., Anderson almost single-handedly forestalled the beginning of the war until he finally had no choice but to fight.
    David Detzer's decade-long research illuminates the passions that led to the fighting, the sober reflections of the man who restrained its outbreak, and individuals on both sides who changed American history. No other historian has given us a clearer or more intimate picture of the human drama of Fort Sumter.

Table of Contents


1. Asunder
(Chat for Chapters 1,2, & 3)

3. Salad Days

5. Twilight of the Old Union

7. Slim Pickens, Stout Fort
(Chat for Chapters 7,8, & 9)

9. Dueling Flags

11. Hostages

13. Takes Two to Tango, But One Can Do the
Twist All Alone

(Chat for Chapters 13,14, & 15)

15. That Little Bridge

17. Ashes and Dust

Mystic Cords of Memory: A Postscript

2. A Gentle Man

4. The Fulcrum
(Chat for Chapters 4,5, & 6)

6. Commanders and Chiefs

8. Eventide


10. The Wolf at the Door
(Chat for Chapters 10,11, & 12)

12. The Boys on the Beach

14. The Yellow Brick Road

16. A Mere Point of Honor
(Chat for Chapters 15,16, & Postscript)