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A Campaign of Giants-The Battle for Petersburg: Volume 1: From the Crossing of the James to the Crater

A. Wilson Greene Gary W. Gallagher

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The University of North Carolina Press
15 May 2018
History; History of the Americas; Military history; American Civil War
Grinding, bloody, and ultimately decisive, the Petersburg Campaign was the Civil War's longest and among its most complex. Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee squared off for more than nine months in their struggle for Petersburg, the key to the Confederate capital at Richmond. Featuring some of the war's most notorious battles, the campaign played out against a backdrop of political drama and crucial fighting elsewhere, with massive costs for soldiers and civilians alike. After failing to bull his way into Petersburg, Grant concentrated on isolating the city from its communications with the rest of the surviving Confederacy, stretching Lee's defenses to the breaking point. When Lee's desperate breakout attempt failed in March 1865, Grant launched his final offensives that forced the Confederates to abandon the city on April 2, 1865. A week later, Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House.

Here A. Wilson Greene opens his sweeping new three-volume history of the Petersburg Campaign, taking readers from Grant's crossing of the James in mid-June 1864 to the fateful Battle of the Crater on July 30. Full of fresh insights drawn from military, political, and social history, A Campaign of Giants is destined to be the definitive account of the campaign. With new perspectives on operational and tactical choices by commanders, the experiences of common soldiers and civilians, and the significant role of the United States Colored Troops in the fighting, this book offers essential reading for all those interested in the history of the Civil War.
By:   A. Wilson Greene
Foreword by:   Gary W. Gallagher
Imprint:   The University of North Carolina Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 155mm, 
ISBN:   9781469638577
ISBN 10:   1469638576
Series:   Civil War America
Pages:   728
Publication Date:   15 May 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

A. Wilson Greene is the former president of the Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and author of The Final Battles of the Petersburg Campaign. Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia and author or editor of numerous books, including Lee and His Army in Confederate History and The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864.

Reviews for A Campaign of Giants-The Battle for Petersburg: Volume 1: From the Crossing of the James to the Crater

What makes A Campaign of Giants so riveting is Greene's willingness to challenge historical conventions and address controversies that have intrigued scholars and readers for generations.--ARMY Book Review Pairing the expertly written text with thirty-four maps and other illustrations, this book is a must have not only for students of Petersburg, but for anyone remotely interested in the military campaigns of the American Civil War.--TOCWOC A Civil War Blog Essential reading for future scholars of the Petersburg campaign.--Civil War Monitor A Campaign of Giants stands among the most authoritative and engagingly presented Civil War studies ever written.--Wall Street Journal


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