Our One Common Country explores the most critical
meeting of the Civil War. Given short shrift or overlooked by many historians,
the Hampton Roads Conference of 1865 was a crucial turning point in the War
between the States. In this well written and highly documented book, James B.
Conroy describes in fascinating detail what happened when leaders from both
sides came together to try to end the hostilities. The meeting was meant
to end the fighting on peaceful terms. It failed, however, and the war dragged
on for two more bloody, destructive months.
Through meticulous research of both primary and secondary
sources, Conroy tells the story of the doomed peace negotiations through the
characters who lived it. With a fresh and immediate perspective, Our One
Common Country offers a thrilling and eye-opening look into the inability
of our nation’s leaders to find a peaceful solution. The failure of the
Hampton Roads Conference shaped the course of American history and the future
of America’s wars to come.
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