The Crooked Road to Civil War, 1861 by Nelson D. Lankford
Nelson D. Lankford
On March 29, 2007, Dr. Lankford delivered the Stuart G. Christian, Jr., Lecture entitled “The Crooked War to Civil War, 1861.”
In early March 1861, civil war loomed. By late April, Americans had begun to kill their fellow citizens. Cry Havoc! The Crooked Road to Civil War, 1861 recounts in riveting detail the events that divided the states and reveals how quirks of timing, character, and place all conspired to transform the nation into a battlefield.
In this lecture, Nelson Lankford, author of Richmond Burning, chronicles the eight critical weeks that began with Lincoln's inauguration through the explosion at Fort Sumter and the president's fateful response to it.