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Few events in Civil War history have generated such deliberate myth-making as the retreat that ended at Appomattox. William Marvel shows that during the final week of the war in Virginia, Lee's troops were more numerous yet far less faithful to their cause than has been suggested: Lee himself made mistakes in this campaign, and defeat wrung from him an unusual display of fault-finding. Finally, Marvel proves accounts of the congenial intermingling of the armies at Appomattox to be shamelessly overblown and the renowned exchange of salutes to be apocryphal.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780807857038
ISBN-10: 0807857033
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Pages: 328
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publish Date: 15-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - William Marvel

WILLIAM MARVEL'S many books include A Place Called Appomattox, Andersonville: The Last Depot, and The Alabama and the Kearsarge: The Sailor's Civil War, all published by the University of North Carolina Press. He lives in South Conway, New Hampshire.

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