Grant and Lee, May 26-June 3, 1864
By (author) Gordon C. Rhea
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Cold Harbor by Gordon C. Rhea
Book DescriptionIn his gripping fourth volume on the spring 1864 Overland campaign - which pitted Ulysses S. Grant against Robert E. Lee for the first time in the Civil War - Gordon Rhea vividly re-creates the battles and maneuvers from the North Anna stalemate through the Cold Harbor offensive. Once again Rhea's tenacious research elicits stunning new facts from the records of a phase oddly ignored or mythologized by historians. The Cold Harbor of these pages differs sharply from the Cold Harbor of popular lore. We see Grant, in one of his most brilliant moves, pull his army across the North Anna River and steal a march on Lee. In response, Lee sets up a strong defensive line along Totopotomoy Creek, and the battles spark across woods and fields north-east of Richmond. Their back to the Chickahominy River and on their last legs, the rebel troops defiantly face an army-wide assault ordered by Grant that extends over three days. Rhea gives a surprising new interpretation of the famous battle that left seven thousand Union casualties and only fifteen hundred Confederate dead or wounded. Here, Grant is not a callous butcher, and Lee does not wage a perfect fight. Every imaginable primary source has been exhausted to unravel the strategies, mistakes, gambles, and problems with subordinates that preoccupied two exquisitely matched minds. In Cold Harbor, Rhea separates fact from fiction in a charged, evocative narrative. He leaves readers under a moonless sky, Grant pondering the eastward course of the James River fifteen miles south of the encamped armies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780807128039
(229mm x 152mm x 37mm)
Imprint: Louisiana State University Press
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Gordon C. Rhea
To the North Anna River, Paperback (September 2005)
Rhea looks at the initial campaign between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee between May 13 and 25, 1864--a phase that was critical in the clash between the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia. Rhea charts the generals' every step and misstep in their efforts to outfox each other. 12 halftones. 29 maps.
Battles for Spotsylvania Court House and the Road to Yellow Tavern, May 7-12,1864, Paperback (March 2005)
This is the second volume in Gordon Rhea's five-book series on the Civil War's 1864 Overland Campaign. Here Rhea examines the manoeuvers and battles from May 7, 1864, when Grant left the Wilderness, through to May 12, when his attempt to break Lee's line by frontal assault reached a climax at what is now called the Bloody Angle.
Carrying the Flag, Paperback (February 2005)
"For forty years, Charles Whilden lived a life most noteworthy for a series of near misses. Repeatedly turned down for service in the Confederate Army, he did not enlist until the desperate days when a"
Battle of the Wilderness, May 5-6, 1864, Paperback (September 2004)» View all books by Gordon C. Rhea
Fought in a tangled forest fringing the Rapidan River, the Battle of the Wilderness was the initial engagement of the Civil War in Virginia, and the first encounter between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. Gordon C.
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Author Biography - Gordon C. Rhea
Gordon Rhea is the author of three previous books, a frequent lecturer throughout the country on military history, and a practicing attorney. A winner of the Fletcher Pratt Literary Award, he lives in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, and in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, with his wife and two sons.
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