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Not War but Murder: Cold Harbor 1864

Not War but Murder: Cold Harbor 1864

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by Ernest B. Furgurson

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Ernest Furgurson, author of Ashes of Glory and Chancellorsville 1863, brings his talents to a pivotal and often neglected Civil War battle–the fierce, unremitting slaughter at Cold Harbor, Virginia, which ended the lives of 10,000 Union soldiers.

In June of 1864, the Army of the Potomac attacked heavily entrenched Confederate forces outside of

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Not War but Murder: Cold Harbor 1864 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Not War But Murder' is an extremely well-researched and thorough examination of the bloody defeat of the Union forces at Cold Harbor, Virginia in 1864. The author's detail and degree of organization makes for a splendid account, but is comparatively bland in style in comparison to Rhea, Cozzens or Foote.

The author does, however, make the assertion that Gen. Meade ordered a renewal of the first assault against Lee's line as a result of having been stung by criticism for his not pursuing Lee's army vigorously after their repulse at Gettysburg. No evidence in support of this statement is offered, and considering the tremendous casualties suffered by the Federals in the attack, it can be considered a damning indictment. Why would Meade choose to compensate in this manner for his hesitancy at Gettysburg, when throughout the campaign of 1864 he complained that Grant was receiving all of the credit for the planning and execution of the effort? Why would he suddenly believe the newspapers would laud him for a victory that would've been (supposedly) achieved had the assault been renewed?

Beyond this issue, the book was a great enjoyment to read.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. Highly recommended. Felt like a novel, bit thoroughly researched.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate it