By Vincent J. Cannato
for many of recent York's early background, Ellis Island were an vague little island that hardly held itself above excessive tide. this day the small island stands along Plymouth Rock in our nation's founding mythology because the position the place lots of our ancestors first touched American soil.
American Passage captures a time and a spot remarkable in American immigration and historical past, and articulates the dramatic and bittersweet debts of the immigrants, officers, interpreters, and social reformers who all performed a massive position in Ellis Island's chronicle. during this sweeping, usually heart-wrenching epic, Vincent J. Cannato unearths that the historical past of Ellis Island is finally the tale of what it potential to be an American.
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Grant had vivid, immediate proof that fighting Lee would be nothing at all like toying with Generals Bragg and Johnston and Pemberton in the west. Nothing daunted, the Federal Commander-in-Chief calmly determined The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, 8-21 May 1864 44 Essential Histories • The American Civil War to press southward again, keeping the pressure on Lee. Early on 7 May, Grant issued orders to leave the Wilderness and head southeast toward Spotsylvania Court House, where the regional road net afforded a chance to slip between Lee and Richmond.
He selected General Richard H. Anderson, a phlegmatic officer, to replace temporarily the wounded Longstreet at the head of the First Corps. Anderson put his troops on the road to Spotsylvania, and found no good place to stop because of burning woods and narrow byways - so he kept marching all night long. Federal progress on the far better Brock Road faltered in the face of scattered, but determined, resistance from Confederate cavalry. General Philip H. Sheridan, a Grant crony from the west, was new to command of the Federal cavalry, which should have shouldered the gray-clad skirmishers out of the way with ease.
Stocks of commissary, quartermaster, and ordnance stores (particularly artillery ammunition) had dwindled and could not be renewed. Overwhelming tactical success on 1 July had yielded the opportunity for an even greater triumph on 2 July, but that opportunity dissolved under frustrating circumstances. Lee's infantry had never failed to do what he asked of them. Might not a full fresh division of them, just arrived on the field, with support from other units and massed artillery, break the Federal center?
American Passage: The History of Ellis Island by Vincent J. Cannato