I hold that the union of these States is perpetual.… Physically speaking we cannot separate.… The power confided to me will be used to hold, occupy and possess the property and places belonging to the Government. - President Lincolns First Inaugural AddressAlthough James Ford Rhodes was a career industrialist, he is best remembered today for his piercing and penetrating histories of the United States during the 19th century, particularly the issue of slavery and the Civil War. His major work, History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850 was published in 7 volumes from 1893-1906, and he won the Pulitzer Prize in History in 1918 for his History of the Civil War, 1861-1865Rhodess History of the Civil War is invaluable for novices, general readers, and Civil War historians alike. Rhodes used newspapers and other sources to craft a sober but eloquent description of the war, coming across the entire time as very objective.This edition of Rhodess History of the Civil War is illustrated with over a dozen pictures of famous leaders and generals of the Civil War. It also includes a table of contents for easier navigation.