Appomattox: The Last Days of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia

Appomattox: The Last Days of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia

by Michael Haskew

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ISBN-13: 9781627886192
Publisher: Zenith Press
Publication date: 03/01/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 897,180
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About the Author

Michael E. Haskew has been writing and researching military history subjects for over twenty-five years. He is the editor of WWII History magazine and The World War II Desk Reference with the Eisenhower Center for American Studies. He is the author of West Point 1915: Eisenhower, Bradley, and the Class the Stars Fell On; Appomattox: The Last Days of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia; and Tank: 100 Years of the World's Most Important Armored Military Vehicle, among numerous other publications. He lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Part I Summit at City Point 10

Chapter 1 The Tightening Noose 11

Chapter 2 Grand Strategy and the Last Campaign 31

Part II Forlorn Mope 46

Chapter 3 In the Trenches of Petersburg 47

Chapter 4 Failure at Five Forks 65

Part III Come Retribution 88

Chapter 5 Richmond in Ruins 89

Chapter 6 A Visit to the Other White House 105

Part IV Beyond Rebel Reach 120

Chapter 7 For Rations and Rail 121

Chapter 8 The Relentless Federal Host 134

Part V Famished, Fatigued, and Fighting 150

Chapter 9 Debacle at Sailor's Creek 151

Chapter 10 Crossing the River, Burning the Bridges 166

Part VI To Appomattox Court House 182

Chapter 11 A Thousand Deaths 183

Chapter 12 Furl the Flags 202

Epilogue 223

Endnotes 240

Bibliography 249

Index 253

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Appomattox: The Last Days of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
jmgallen More than 1 year ago
Historian Michael E. Haskew has chronicled the final campaign that led to the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in “Appomattox: The Last Days Of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia”. The narrative begins with Gen. Grant being unrecognized as he checks into the Willard Hotel on March 8, 1864 to freshen up before walking over to the White House to meet with President Lincoln. It continues with the adoption of the strategy that tightened the noose around Lee and his army. Readers are introduced to the main characters including Grant, Lee, Ben Butler, Joshua Chamberlain, Phil Sheridan, George Picket, Jefferson, Ambrose Hill, the Custers, George Meade, James Longstreet and others. This work follows the series of battles in which Grant’s men maneuvered to trap the Confederates while Lee and his army made their desperate plays to escape to fight another day. Its pages take us to conferences in the White House, City Point and field tents of both sides, into the trenches of Petersburg, the battles of Five Forks, Trevilian Station, Sailor’s Creek and to the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse. While observing in the big picture, it also presents the martial glory and human tragedies that are the stuff of which war is made. Much of Haskew’s material is drawn from other published tomes and anecdotes that have found their way into the common lore. Although the title mentions only Lee and his army, the author devotes appropriate attention to the ultimately victorious Union Armies. The writing style holds one’s interest while keeping the story moving to its conclusion. There are a lot of Civil War books available, and I have read quite a few of them, so why should we pick up this relatively short one? I am glad I did because I learned things that I had not previously known. I now have a better understanding of the nature of City Point, Virginia, the definition of a redan, the significance of Ambrose Hill’s Red Shirt and that Joshua Chamberlain was severely wounded after the movie (Gettysburg) faded from the screen. Then there are those trivia items, such as Brig. Gen. Thomas Smith’s status as the last Union General to be killed in the war. ”Appomattox” whetted my appetite for more. The repeated citations to other histories have extended my “to read” list. Any book that can accomplish that is a worthwhile read. I did receive a free copy of this book without a requirement to post a review.
Christopher_Miskimon More than 1 year ago
The end of the Civil War was a grueling, desperate time. The Army of Northern Virginia tried for weeks to escape the Union armies slowly surrounding it. Any hope of continuing the war rested upon their shoulders. The Union leaders knew this and kept up the pressure until their longtime foes finally broke. It sounds simple, but the reality was a complex mix of marches, skirmishes, battles and politics. This new book brings that reality to light in an engaging and well-written way. The author unravels a confusing time with clear writing in a well-organized book. The first-hand experiences of private soldiers are mixed with those of the most famous generals and political leaders. This gives the reader a good overall view of the Civil War's end at multiple levels. The book also does well in revealing the grim struggles and sacrifices so many of the participants had to make in a war which was practically over. It was a dramatic and bittersweet time and the author presents it in a fresh, readable way. This is a book I had trouble putting down; I was always pushing through a few more pages.