Passing of the Armies: The Last Campaign of the Armies

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"Chamberlain had a most successful military career capped by being chosen to command the Union troops who were present when the Army of Northern Virginia lay down their arms. His account of the final Virginia campaign is superb. He was as great a writer as he was a fighter."-Albert Castel, Civil War Times Illustrated. "This is one of the finest accounts of a campaign penned by a Federal soldier. . . . A stellar work of Civil War history-a classic."-The Civil War in Books. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was a Maine college professor who entered the
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The Passing of the Armies (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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"Chamberlain had a most successful military career capped by being chosen to command the Union troops who were present when the Army of Northern Virginia lay down their arms. His account of the final Virginia campaign is superb. He was as great a writer as he was a fighter."-Albert Castel, Civil War Times Illustrated. "This is one of the finest accounts of a campaign penned by a Federal soldier. . . . A stellar work of Civil War history-a classic."-The Civil War in Books. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain was a Maine college professor who entered the Union Army in 1862. He fought with the Twentieth Maine at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his role at Little Round Top. In the campaigns described here, Chamberlain commanded a brigade in the Fifth Corps in the Army of the Potomac during the final days of the war. His eyewitness account takes us past Lee's surrender to show the beginnings of Reconstruction. Introducer Brooks D. Simpson has written widely on the Civil War and Reconstruction. He is a professor of history and humanities at Arizona State University.

An unlikely hero to the Army of the Potomac, college professor Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain led the 20th Maine Division in all the fiercest battles of the Eastern theatre, winning the Medal of Honor for his heroic leadership at Gettysburg. A brilliant, insightful, must-read for all Civil War buffs. Introduction by James McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom. Period artwork, photos, and engravings. Reprint. (Military History)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781879664180
  • Publisher: Stan Clark Military Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Pages: 402
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2005

    My personal favorite by or about Chamberlain

    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.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    Honest expression of general officer experience

    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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