Hell or Richmond: A Novel

Hell or Richmond: A Novel

by Ralph Peters


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Between May 5 and June 3, 1864, the Union and Confederate armies suffered 88,000 casualties. Twenty-nine thousand were killed, wounded or captured in the first two days of combat. The savagery shocked a young, divided nation.

Against this backdrop of the birth of modern warfare and the painful rebirth of the United States, New York Times bestselling novelist Ralph Peters has created a breathtaking narrative that surpasses the drama and intensity of his recent critically acclaimed novel, Cain at Gettysburg.

In Hell or Richmond, thirty days of ceaseless carnage are seen through the eyes of a compelling cast, from the Union's Harvard-valedictorian "boy general," Francis Channing Barlow, to the brawling "dirty boots" Rebel colonel, William C. Oates. From Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee to a simple laborer destined to win the Medal of Honor, Peters brings to life an enthralling array of leaders and simple soldiers from both North and South, fleshing out history with stunning, knowledgeable realism.

From the horrific collision of armies in the Wilderness, where neither side wanted to fight, to the shocking slaughter of the grand charge at Cold Harbor, this epic novel delivers a compelling, authentic, and suspenseful portrait of Civil War combat.

Commemorating the approaching 150th anniversary of this grim encounter between valiant Americans, Ralph Peters brings to bear the lessons of his own military career, his lifelong study of this war and the men who fought it, and his skills as a bestselling, prize-winning novelist to portray horrific battles and sublime heroism as no other author has done.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765336255
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Series: Battle Hymn Cycle Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 608,035
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

RALPH PETERS, New York Times bestselling author of Cain at Gettysburg, is a retired U.S. Army officer, a controversial strategist and veteran of the intelligence world, a journalist who appears frequently in the broadcast media, and a lifelong traveler with experience in over seventy countries on six continents.

In addition to works under his own name, he is also the author, under the pen name Owen Parry, of a series of award-winning Civil War mysteries.

Peters has studied the Civil War since childhood. Combining painstaking research, years of walking those fields of battle, with insight gleaned from his own military career, Ralph Peters tells this great American tale in a masterful style.

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Hell or Richmond 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Editor-ArmchairGeneral More than 1 year ago
Peters follows his best-selling 2012 Civil War historical novel, Cain at Gettysburg, with another triumph of meticulous scholarship, compelling characterization and exciting, page-turning combat action. Hell or Richmond is not only story-telling at its best, it is an astonishingly accurate account of the May-June 1864 clash of the Union Army of the Potomac and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia from the nightmarish Battle of the Wilderness through the bloody carnage at the Battle of Cold Harbor. Peters has exhaustively mined hundreds of reference works, from the War of the Rebellion Official Records to soldiers’ letters and diaries, in order to accurately -- and magnificently -- recreate what Civil War combat actually felt like to the battles’ participants. Just one telling testament to Peters’ historical rigor is that his narrative even includes the correct weather for a given time of day, as soldiers in blue and gray marched and fought, alternately enduring blazing heat and drenching downpours.  As in Cain at Gettysburg, Peters presents the commanders and common soldiers on both sides of the battle lines. Yet, in this superbly crafted novel, all of the characters are actual historical personages, resurrected and brought to vivid life by a writer at the top of his form. In his Author’s Note, Peters explains: “If historical fiction is properly done, it can bring history to life. History provides the identities. Historical fiction investigates the souls.” Hell or Richmond is, indeed, “historical fiction properly done,” revealing the very soul of deadly Civil War combat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have been lucky enough to read Cain at Gettysburg, Hell or Richmond continues the campaign and takes you even further into the Civil War experience. The reality of the battles and the everyday experiences of the common soldier and the officers makes this book extremely hard to put down. Peters has one upped Cain and any other historical novel written about that period. Can't wait til the next one hits the book stands!
SAR-VA More than 1 year ago
We have a trip planned for Virginia. Most of this trip will involve Colonial as well as Civil War era history. The author did a very good job at painting a vivid picture and putting the reader in the story line. We also purchased "Gettysburg" on the Barnes & Noble $1.99 offer. Same with this book and we are really looking forward to our journey. SAR-VA Murrieta, CA
Once-a-Soldier More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book by Ralph Peters! This is a wonderful book by Ralph Peters! Just as he did last year with "Cain at Gettysburg", this very gifted storyteller has captured the imagination of his readers as he teaches us lessons about our country's past. I have walked over much of the terrain Ralph describes so masterfully in "Hell or Richmond", I can attest to his absolute accuracy in describing the ground fought over by the fascinating characters he brings to life. This volume can stand alone, of course, but I would urge readers to add his first volume to their collection. I am glad to learn that he has embarked upon the writing of two additional volumes in what is fast becoming the defining treatment of the Civil War in American fiction. Spend some time now with those men in dusty blue and ragged gray that faced each other during the brutal month that spanned Grant's Overland Campaign. If you will, I'm sure that you will be just as eager as I am to read the next addition to this journey that must lead, eventually, to Appomattox Court House.
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i like it very good book. i read shaara and peters and i find it interesting on how they both portray grant very differently in my opinion. the book overall is very good read. i did like his gettysburg book slightly better though hope he continues on writhing books on the civil war i would jump at getting another one,it also makes me want to look into to other books by mr peters
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Multidimensional tale of the Overland campaign.  Very well done and highly readable.
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This was an interesting history, but a difficult read. There was to much focus on things such as the spilled coffee and not enough on critical thinking by senior commanders.
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