Jubal Early's Raid on Washington 1864

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“Cooling has produced what is sure to become the definitive scholarly account of the campaign. Drawing on a vast array of sources, including seldom-used veterans’ accounts, Cooling presents a comprehensive campaign study from origins to aftermath. Not only does Cooling masterfully describe the specific movements of the opposing forces, but he also never loses sight of the wider context in which the campaign was fought. In fact, Cooling’s greatest contribution may be his clear demonstration that Grant was fooled by Early’s operations and took an

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Overview

“Cooling has produced what is sure to become the definitive scholarly account of the campaign. Drawing on a vast array of sources, including seldom-used veterans’ accounts, Cooling presents a comprehensive campaign study from origins to aftermath. Not only does Cooling masterfully describe the specific movements of the opposing forces, but he also never loses sight of the wider context in which the campaign was fought. In fact, Cooling’s greatest contribution may be his clear demonstration that Grant was fooled by Early’s operations and took an uncommonly long time to react to a very serious threat.”
American Historical Review
 
 
“Cooling’s superb account of one of the most dramatic ventures of the Civil War, one the peaked with a Confederate army at the gate of the nation’s capital even as powerful Union forces threatened a clamp on the capital of Rebeldom . . . reflects most intensive research and provides a strictly objective account of the doings of both sides in the course of Early’s thrust at Washington, from his entry into Maryland until his withdrawal back into Virginia.”
Journal of Military History

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"Cooling has produced what is sure to become the definitive scholarly account of the campaign. Drawing on a vast array of sources, including seldom-used veterans’ accounts, Cooling presents a comprehensive campaign study from origins to aftermath. Not only does Cooling masterfully describe the specific movements of the opposing forces, but he also never loses sight of the wider context in which the campaign was fought. In fact, Cooling’s greatest contribution may be his clear demonstration that Grant was fooled by Early’s operations and took an uncommonly long time to react to a very serious threat"
American Historical Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817354756
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 358
  • Sales rank: 1,442,289
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Benjamin Franklin Cooling is chief historian of the Department of Energy and has been a historian for the Air Force, the Army and the National Park Service.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Preface     xi
Taking Risks in Virginia     1
Delays on the Road to the Capital     31
Buying Time on the Monocacy     53
Rebels at the Gates     83
The President under Fire     129
Sideshow in the Baltimore Suburbs     157
The Gray Tide Recedes     177
Unity of Command Achieved     205
Battle Remembrance     227
Tables of Organization
Army of the Valley, CSA     253
Department of Washington (XXII corps) June 30, 1864     259
Department of West Virginia-June 30, 1864     265
Middle Department (VIII corps) - June 30, 1864     269
Department of the Susquehanna and Department of the East June 30, 1864     271
Federal forces at Monocacy, July 9, 1864     273
Federal forces at Fort Stevens, July 11-12, 1864     275
Bibliography     281
Notes     303
Index     329
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