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The Passing of the Armies (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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by Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Richard A. Sauers (Introduction)
 

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Joshua Chamberlain's The Passing of the Armies is one of the classic books of Civil War history. When it was posthumously published in 1915, it received acclaim for its Victorian prose and accuracy in bringing to life the final twelve days of the war in Virginia. Although highly critical of Sheridan and defensive of the operations of his Fifth Corps,

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Joshua Chamberlain's The Passing of the Armies is one of the classic books of Civil War history. When it was posthumously published in 1915, it received acclaim for its Victorian prose and accuracy in bringing to life the final twelve days of the war in Virginia. Although highly critical of Sheridan and defensive of the operations of his Fifth Corps, Chamberlain's work is an important contribution to the true story of this intense fighting. It is an important contribution by a contemporary who, as a distinguished Union officer, witnessed the events he wrote about. The Passing of the Armies is a superb book that belongs in every Civil War library.


About the Author:
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (1828-1914) is one of the Civil War's heroic figures. As regimental commander of the 20th Maine he won the Medal of Honor at the Battle of Gettysburg's Little Round Top. General Grant later selected him to receive the surrender of the Confederate Army at Appomattox, and after the war he went on to serve two terms as Governor of Maine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760760529
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
06/17/2004
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
132,772
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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The Passing of the Armies (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chamberlain writes in the style of the time, which at can be a bit flowery, but if you can wade through that style of writing, this book is a very interesting look at the end of the Civil War from a man who was in the middle of the action. Chamberlain brings us his personal story of the Battle of Five Forks, which doomed Lee's defenses at Petersburg, to the final review of the Fifth Army Corps before President Lincoln at the White House. I found the story of the surrender of Lee's army especially touching.
JethroT More than 1 year ago
Presents detail of what happened at Five Forks, Petersburg, Appomattox along with his analysis, which you can take of leave. But it is refreshing to not have the analysis mixed in with the descriptions of heated engagements. This is what he saw and believed without whitewash or political flavorings or 4 generations of rewording. I couldn't read many of the diaries of the time because the context is difficult to track. This was written years afterward so the author added context to the chronology.
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