In Sandburg's monumental biography of the 16th president, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: THE WAR YEARS (4 vols.) follows ABRAHAM LINCOLN: THE PRAIRIE YEARS (2 vols.).
Of the story of the "Second American Revolution" the author says, "Many men and women, now faded and gone, lived this book before it could be written....Some of them spoke with action, some with words....What they say by act or deed is often beyond fathoming, because it happened in a time of great storm."
After setting the stage for that great storm, this volume covers the period from the President-elect's secret journey to Washington in 1861 through the Battle of Fredericksburg at the end of 1862.