Glory Enough for All: Sheridan's Second Raid and the Battle of Trevilian Station

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Overview


After the ferocious fighting at Cold Harbor, Virginia, in June 1864, Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant ordered his cavalry, commanded by Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, to distract the Confederate forces opposing the Army of the Potomac. Glory Enough for All chronicles the battle that resulted when Confederate cavalry pursued and caught their Federal foes at Trevilian Station, Virginia, perhaps the only truly decisive cavalry battle of the American Civil War.
 
Eric J. Wittenberg tells the stories of the men who fought there, including eight Medal of Honor winners and one Confederate whose death at Trevilian Station made him the third of three brothers to die in the service of Company A of the Fourth Virginia Cavalry. He also addresses the little-known but critical cavalry battle at Samaria (Saint Mary's) Church on June 24, 1864, where Union Brig. Gen. David N. Gregg's division was nearly destroyed.
 
The only modern strategic analysis of the battle, Glory Enough for All challenges prevailing interpretations of General Sheridan and of the Union cavalry. Wittenberg shows that the outcome of Trevilian Station ultimately prolonged Grant's efforts to end the Civil War.
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Editorial Reviews

Civil War News - David F. Riggs

“A fast-paced, in-depth narrative that captures the confusion, horror and heroism of battle. . . . Judicious placement of maps, numerous photographs and notes that provide additional detail and documentation are the crowning touch to this volume. Readers interested in cavalry operations and the Eastern Theater will welcome this contribution.”—David F. Riggs, Civil War News
Greenwich Times - John Linsenmeyer

“Detailed and absorbing”—Greenwich Times (CT)

H-Net - James K. Bryant II

"Glory Enough for All is an essential volume for anyone interested in the Eastern theater campaigns and Civil War cavalry."—James K. Bryant II, H-Net
Civil War News

“A fast-paced, in-depth narrative that captures the confusion, horror and heroism of battle. . . . Judicious placement of maps, numerous photographs and notes that provide additional detail and documentation are the crowning touch to this volume. Readers interested in cavalry operations and the Eastern Theater will welcome this contribution.”—David F. Riggs, Civil War News

— David F. Riggs

Greenwich Times

“Detailed and absorbing”—Greenwich Times (CT)

— John Linsenmeyer

H-Net

"Glory Enough for All is an essential volume for anyone interested in the Eastern theater campaigns and Civil War cavalry."—James K. Bryant II, H-Net

— James K. Bryant II

Booknews
Wittenberg (a Civil War historian, no university affiliation) provides a detailed strategic analysis of the cavalry battle at Trevilian Station. He chronicles the battle, tells the stories of those who fought in it, re-assesses the performance of Major General Philip H. Sheridan, and discusses the impact of the battle. Appendixes outline the order of battle, as well as the strengths and losses of both sides. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803259676
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 784,125
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric J. Wittenberg is the author of Gettysburg's Forgotten Cavalry Actions and the coauthor of Plenty of Blame to Go Around, among numerous books. Gordon C. Rhea is the author of several books on the Civil War, including To the North Anna River: Grant and Lee, May 13–25, 1864 and The Battle of the Wilderness, May 5–6, 1864.

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Table of Contents


List of Maps     ix
Foreword     xi
Preface     xvii
The Union and Confederate Cavalry Forces and the Strategy Underlying the June 1864 Trevilian Raid     1
The Road to Trevilian Station     37
First Shots: Torbert and Butler Open the Action     69
Custer's First Last Stand: The Fight for Hampton's Wagons     97
Union Breakthrough along the Railroad     133
A Long Night on the Battlefield and a Morning of Destruction along the Virginia Central Railroad     167
Sheridan Is Repulsed at the Bloody Angle: The Second Day of the Battle of Trevilian Station     183
Sheridan's Retreat to White House Landing from Trevilian Station     215
The March from White House Landing to the James River     249
The Battle of Samaria Church and the End of the Trevilian Raid     263
An Assessment of the Trevilian Raid and the Battle of Trevilian Station     301
Epilogue     327
Order of the Battle     331
Union Strengths and Losses at the Battle of Trevilian Station, June 11, 1864     337
Union Strengths and Losses at the Battle of Trevilian Station, June 12, 1864     341
Confederate Strengths and Losses at the Battle of Trevilian Station     343
Bibliography     347
Index     369
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2003

    A great telling of an oft-overlooked part of the Civil War

    I got this book as a premium from the Civil War Preservation Trust for donating money to help save part of the Trevilian Station battlefield. This makes sense, as the book is about that battle. I've never been a big American Civil War buff, so this is the first book about the war I've ever read. If they're all as interesting as this one, I'll have to search out some more. The Battle of Trevilian Station was the biggest all-cavalry battle of the war. It pitted General Sheridan's Union cavalry corps against the Confederate cavalry, commanded by Gen. Hampton. The book does a good job of laying out the pertinent details behind the battle, including (often humorous) details of the Union advance and some follow-on engagements after the Union were forced to retreat from their position. This battle, which I'd honestly never heard of before, included a number of amazing moments, like when Gen. Custer (yes, that one) got himself surrounded by Confederates and had to fight his way out of what is reffered to as his "first last stand." Interspersed throughout with stories of individual soldiers, this is a gripping narrative, all together inspiring, hilarious, horrible, and deeply moving.

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