James B. ConroyIN FEBRUARY 1865, Abraham Lincoln slipped quietly out of the White House and travelled south to Virginia to meet Confederate leaders on a steamboat at Hampton Roads.  Their goal was a peaceful end to the Civil War.

OUR ONE COMMON COUNTRY tells their story, the first book ever written about the only presidential peace mission in America's wartime history.

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“Conroy is a terrific writer who tells the story of one of the war’s least known episodes... Great anecdotes... you’ll find yourself pausing every few pages and saying, 'I never knew that,' my favorite kind of book!" - Bob Schieffer, CBS News


“In this massively-researched, exceptionally well-written book James Conroy has illuminated and set in its historical context an episode familiar and yet hitherto not closely-examined... This is, moreover, a page-turner to be read for sheer pleasure.” - Hiller B. Zobel, author of The Boston Massacre

“A richly detailed, carefully analyzed, and well-written account of the Hampton Roads meeting...An excellent, and long-needed addition to Civil War historiography” - Michael B. Ballard, author of Grant at Vicksburg: The General and the Siege, and A Long Shadow: Jefferson Davis and the Final Days of the Confederacy.

“Exhaustively researched and engagingly written...an important contribution to the field of Civil War studies...General readers will enjoy the memorable portraits of individuals and the convincing re-creation of popular emotions...Scholars will have to take more seriously the abundant evidence of the priority that Lincoln gave to conciliating southern whites, in order to gain their cooperation in Reconstruction” - Paul D. Escott, Reynolds Professor of History, Wake Forest University, author of After Secession: Jefferson Davis and the Failure of Confederate Nationalism.

Published by Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press.