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The Resource A vast and fiendish plot : the Confederate attack on New York City, Clint Johnson

A vast and fiendish plot : the Confederate attack on New York City, Clint Johnson

Label
A vast and fiendish plot : the Confederate attack on New York City
Title
A vast and fiendish plot
Title remainder
the Confederate attack on New York City
Statement of responsibility
Clint Johnson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
One of the Civil War's more alarming might-have-beens is reconstructed in this history that recounts the attempt by Confederate secret agents to burn down Manhattan on the night of November 25, 1864, using what they called Greek fire, an incendiary concoction that ignited spontaneously on contact with air. The fires, set in rooms at various hotels around the city, fizzled from lack of oxygen because the arsonists left the windows closed, but the author's meticulous study of Manhattan's 19th-century flammability shows how easily it could have launched a citywide inferno. Johnson sets the incident in the context of the Union Army's burnings of rebel cities and farms, the bumbling efforts of Confederate agents in Canada to foment insurrection in the North, and the pro-Southern sympathies of prominent New Yorkers who connived at the arson plot. Johnson's comprehensive account of this usually footnoted episode shows how close it came to becoming a major tragedy
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
973.7/4471
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F128.44
LC item number
.J68 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
A vast and fiendish plot : the Confederate attack on New York City, Clint Johnson
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-295) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 308 pages
Isbn
9780806531311
Lccn
2009937071
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • ocn449856844
  • (OCoLC)449856844
Label
A vast and fiendish plot : the Confederate attack on New York City, Clint Johnson
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-295) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 308 pages
Isbn
9780806531311
Lccn
2009937071
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • ocn449856844
  • (OCoLC)449856844

Library Locations

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