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The Wilderness Campaign The University of North Carolina Press First printing edition Gary W. Gallagher


31st August 2011 History Books 0 Comments

In the spring of 1864, in the vast Virginia scrub forest known as the Wilderness, Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee first met in battle. The Wilderness campaign of May 5-6 initiated an epic confrontation between these two Civil War commandersone that would finally end, eleven months later, with Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.

The eight essays here assembled explore aspects of the background, conduct, and repercussions of the fighting in the Wilderness. Through an often-revisionist lens, contributors to this volume focus on topics such as civilian expectations for the campaign, morale in the two armies, and the generalship of Lee, Grant, Philip H. Sheridan, Richard S. Ewell, A. P. Hill, James Longstreet, and Lewis A. Grant. Taken together, these essays revise and enhance existing work on the battle, highlighting ways in which the military and nonmilitary spheres of war intersected in the Wilderness.

YA?In 1864, Ulysses S. Grant’s Union troops collided with Robert E. Lee’s vaunted Army of Northern Virginia in the densely wooded area known as the Wilderness. The ensuing battle was the opening salvo in a campaign that ended 11 months later with Lee’s surrender at Appomatox Courthouse and the virtual end of the war. This title presents eight essays by noted Civil War scholars that examine the many aspects of this crucial battle including the leadership, the composition of each army, why the soldiers fought, critical events, legends that arose in the decades following the event, the individual heroics, and how this battle set the tone for what was to follow. The essays are well written and organized chronologically, which makes the ebb and flow of this encounter easy to follow.?Robert Burnham, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
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“Those interested in the Wilderness campaign, or in the Civil War in general, will find much of interest here.”
Military History of the West

This book offers detailed, in-depth analyses of key events or overlooked aspects of an important campaign.

Journal of Southern History

This book is an excellent addition to the Civil War students shelf.

Blue & Gray Magazine

Well conceived and well presented.

Richmond Times Dispatch

An important contribution to our understanding of this complex campaign.

The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.)

Overall, these essays . . . tend to intrigue and enlighten the serious student of the Civil War.

H-Net Reviews

“Those interested in the Wilderness campaign, or in the Civil War in general, will find much of interest here.”
Military History of the West

This book offers detailed, in-depth analyses of key events or overlooked aspects of an important campaign.

Journal of Southern History

This book is an excellent addition to the Civil War students shelf.

Blue & Gray Magazine

Well conceived and well presented.

Richmond Times Dispatch

An important contribution to our understanding of this complex campaign.

The Free Lance-Star

Overall, these essays . . . tend to intrigue and enlighten the serious student of the Civil War.

H-Net Reviews

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