The Battles for Spotsylvania Court House and the Road to Yellow Tavern

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The second volume in Gordon C. Rhea's peerless five-book series on the Civil War's 1864 Overland Campaign abounds with Rhea's signature detail, innovative analysis, and riveting prose. Here Rhea examines the maneuvers and battles from May 7, 1864, when Grant left the Wilderness, through May 12, when his attempt to break Lee's line by frontal assault reached a chilling climax at what is now called the Bloody Angle. Drawing exhaustively upon previously untapped materials, Rhea challenges conventional wisdom about ...

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The Battles for Spotsylvania Court House and the Road to Yellow Tavern, May 7--12, 1864

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Overview

The second volume in Gordon C. Rhea's peerless five-book series on the Civil War's 1864 Overland Campaign abounds with Rhea's signature detail, innovative analysis, and riveting prose. Here Rhea examines the maneuvers and battles from May 7, 1864, when Grant left the Wilderness, through May 12, when his attempt to break Lee's line by frontal assault reached a chilling climax at what is now called the Bloody Angle. Drawing exhaustively upon previously untapped materials, Rhea challenges conventional wisdom about this violent clash of titans to construct the ultimate account of Grant and Lee at Spotsylvania.

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"The most cogent analysis ever written on this confused and often misunderstood campaign." -- Blue and Gray

"No one will ever write about the 1864 Virginia campaign with the same clarity, drama, and perceptiveness of Rhea." -- Civil War History

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Examines the Civil War clash between Grant's Army of the Potomac versus Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Inlaid with detail, analysis, and an abundance of supporting primary evidence, the book discusses the maneuvers and battles from May 7, 1864, when Grant left the Wilderness through May 12, when his attempt to break Lee's line by frontal assault reached a chilling climax at the Bloody Angle. It shows how Grant orchestrated his threadbare veterans in a defensive performance at Spotsylvania that ranks as a classic in military history, and describes advances in weaponry which resulted in massive casualties, and the role of the cavalry in the campaign. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807121368
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 1,021,620
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon C. Rhea is also the author of The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5--6, 1864; To the North Anna River: Grant and Lee, May 13--25, 1864, winner of the Fletcher Pratt Literary Award; Cold Harbor: Grant and Lee, May 26--June 3, 1864, winner of the Austin Civil War Round Table's Laney Prize, and Carrying the Flag: The Story of Private Charles Whilden, the Confederacy's Most Unlikely Hero. He lives in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2000

    In depth reading.

    An outstanding book. Gordon Rhea goes into great detail without losing the readablity.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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