Last Citadel: Petersburg, Virginia, June 1864-April 1865

Last Citadel: Petersburg, Virginia, June 1864-April 1865

by Noah Andre Trudeau
     
 

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The Last Citadel is the only full-length treatment of the most extensive military operation of the Civil-War the siege of Petersburg, Virginia, which by its bloody end had added more than seventy thousand casualties to the war's total. Because it lay astride five major railroad lines that supplied Richmond, the Confederate capital, Petersburg was key to the war effort

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The Last Citadel is the only full-length treatment of the most extensive military operation of the Civil-War the siege of Petersburg, Virginia, which by its bloody end had added more than seventy thousand casualties to the war's total. Because it lay astride five major railroad lines that supplied Richmond, the Confederate capital, Petersburg was key to the war effort in the East.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Often slighted by historians, the nine-month Petersburg, Va., campaign at the close of the Civil War receives expert examination in the detailed study. Photos. (May)
Library Journal
Where Richard Sommers ( Richmond Redeemed , LJ 3/15/81) gave us four days of battle, Trudeau canvases the whole 292-day campaign for Petersburg and Richmond. Trudeau salts his narrative with healthy doses of official testimony and soldiers' personal accounts to create a brisk documentary flavor of campfire and war council. In minute detail he covers every clod of Virginia soil trod by Grant and Lee in the final days of the war. His telling of the horrors of the Crater and his vignettes of officers are compelling, but overall Trudeau fails to show how Petersburg was ``the South's Gethsemane.'' The author writes about battles more than the Southern soul or the politics of war. Still, he dashes several myths about Petersburg--that Lee's army was starved and hopelessly outnumbered--and provides one of the most arresting narratives of any Civil War campaign. This is the stuff of high drama.-- Randall M. Miller, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316853279
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
09/12/1991
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
514
Product dimensions:
6.51(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.44(d)

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