Eric J. Wittenberg is an accomplished American Civil War cavalry historian and author. An attorney in Ohio, Wittenberg is the author of many articles and the author or co-author of more than a dozen books on Civil War cavalry subjects, including The Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads and the Civil War’s Final Campaign; Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart’s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg; and One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife Susan.
The Battle of Monroe's Crossroads: and the Civil War's Final Campaignby Eric J. Wittenberg
The Battle of Monroe's Crossroads, fought March 10, 1865, was one of most important but least known engagements of William T. Sherman's Carolinas Campaign. Confederate cavalry, led by Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton and Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler, launched a savage surprise attack on the sleeping camp of Maj. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick, Sherman's cavalry chief. After three hours of some of the toughest cavalry fighting of the entire Civil War, Hampton broke off and withdrew. His attack, however, had stopped Kilpatrick's advance and bought another precious day for Lt. Gen. William J. Hardee to evacuate his command from Fayetteville. This, in turn, permitted Hardee to join the command of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and set the stage for the climactic Battle of Bentonville nine days later.
Noted Civil War author Eric Wittenberg has written the first detailed tactical narrative of this important but long-forgotten battle, and places it in its proper context within the entire campaign. His study features 28 original maps and 50 illustrations. Finally, an author of renown has brought to vivid life this overlooked portion of the Carolinas Campaign.
Ohio Attorney Eric J. Wittenberg is a noted Civil War cavalry historian and the author of some dozen books and two dozens articles on the Civil War. His first book, "Gettysburg's Forgotten Cavalry Actions," won the 1998 Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award.
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As a student of The War Between The States, I read the unfolding of events as presented in this book with enthusiasm and sincere appreciation. Mr. Wittenberg's detailed and thorough research was apparent from the outset and provides the basis for a compelling insight to a battle largely overlooked in the closing weeks of the war. The depth and breadth of his research shows throughout the book as much of the information presented is not found elsewhere. A superb collection of maps and photographs adds real value to the author's presentation. Mr. Wittenberg's liberal use of quotes from those involved allows a splendid look at the men at war in each army in a personal and candid manner. His extraordinary ability to portray many of the participants, from privates to generals, is top notch. No movie could do better in this regard. Mr. Wittenberg has shown himself as a first rate historian and an equally fine writer with this work which will stand the test of time.