The Spotsylvania Campaign


Essays by Civil War historians examine the Spotsylvania campaign of May 1864. Topics include the high command, tactics and strategy, the impact of the fighting on officers and soldiers, and the Bloody Angle.

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Essays by Civil War historians examine the Spotsylvania campaign of May 1864. Topics include the high command, tactics and strategy, the impact of the fighting on officers and soldiers, and the Bloody Angle.

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"Offer[s] insight into the decisions and behavior of Lee and Federal army leaders, the fullest descriptions to date of the horrific fighting at the 'Bloody Angle' on May 12 and a revealing look at how Grant used his memoirs to offset Lost Cause interpretations of his actions at Spotsylvania and elsewhere in the Overland Campaign."—McCormick Messenger

"No student of the war, or instructor who teaches it, can afford to overlook this provocative and challenging volume."—Military History of the West

"The Spotsylvania Campaign, ably edited by historian Gary Gallagher, is a vivid overview of that hell on earth, a place where battlefield conditions reached their nadir, and human courage and endurance reached their apex."—America's Civil War

"[This] new group of essays, each a product of deep research and clear writing, provides refreshing insights to a well-known campaign. . . . One cannot fully study any aspect of that campaign without consulting the Gallagher compilation."—Richmond Times-Dispatch

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807871324
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Series: Military Campaigns of the Civil War Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,049,938
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia.

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Table of Contents

I Have to Make the Best of What I Have: Robert E. Lee at Spotsylvania 5
The Federal High Command at Spotsylvania 29
The Testing of a Corps Commander: Gouverneur Kemble Warren at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania 61
An Insurmountable Barrier between the Army and Ruin: The Confederate Experience at Spotsylvania's Bloody Angle 80
Stuart's Last Ride: A Confederate View of Sheridan's Raid 127
A Hard Road to Travel: The Impact of Continuous Operations on the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia in May 1864 170
We Respect a Good Soldier, No Matter What Flag He Fought Under: The 15th New Jersey Remembers Spotsylvania 203
Grant's Second Civil War: The Battle for Historical Memory 223
Bibliographic Essay 255
Contributors 259
Index 261
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