Between the end of May and the beginning of August 1864, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant and General Robert E. Lee oversaw the transition between the Overland Campaign - a remarkable saga of maneuvering and brutal combat - and what became a grueling siege of Petersburg that many months later compelled Confederates to abandon Richmond.
The essays in this collection touch on various topics pertaining to the Battle of the Crater. They vary greatly in quality and relevance to the title. 3 of 11 chapters held my interest.
The former Confederate states have continually mythologized the South's defeat to the North, depicting the Civil War as unnecessary, or as a fight over states' Constitutional rights, or as a David v. Goliath struggle in which the North waged "total war" over an underdog South. In The Myth of the Lost Cause, historian Edward Bonekemper deconstructs this multi-faceted myth, revealing the truth about the war that nearly tore the nation apart 150 years ago.
What makes this work so impressive is the clear and methodical scholarship employed in the debunking of the false assertions of the lost cause. The author details the origins of these myths as well as the post war national psyche in both the North and the South that allowed these myths to take hold. it must have taken a degree of bravery to have undertaken the writing of this book because the myths that he debunked are near and dear to the hearts of many people sympathetic to the Confederacy today, such as members of the Sons of the Confederacy and other such groups. I recommend this book especially to those people, but also to people who are simply interested in the Civil War and who want to understand it correctly.
The purpose of this selection is to document the character and exploits of the Federal cavalry during the Civil War - the cavalry that George Armstrong Custer knew and in which he served before he gained fame as an Indian fighter. These mounted encounters will be reported with emphasis from the Federal point of view, and the intra-service rivalries will be those of Federal officers and administrations rather than Confederate ones.
this book is about Cavalry in general, not about Custer's Civil War cavalry. The author in fact gushes about the Confederacy, poorly hiding his pro- Confederacy bias. The book is really a string of loosely connected essays rather than a story. it was not what the title promised. It definitely is educational if you are looking to increase your knowledge base of the history of Cavalry in the United States Army.
Mosby, the "Gray Ghost" of the Confederate lore that celebrates the Lost Cause, has an image that has proven nearly impossible to corrupt or change, and time has done little good against it. Unlike the vanished 19th century code of honor that he represented, Mosby has retained the image and all its connotations. But that image, which he helped fashion, was mostly an invention
of course, any book on John S Mosby is going to deal extensively with the concepts of Cavalry and reconnoitering. So why on Earth a narrator was chosen who cannot properly pronounce these two words is beyond me. The narrator also fails with regard to demonstrating any passion whatsoever.
As for the book itself, it is largely comprised of extensive excerpts from the Memoirs of John S Mosby. So it isn't the original work of the author, just quotations from the one source.
The author does a reasonable job in explaining the grudge between Mosby and Custer and how that originated. But he fails to inject the passion that must have been felt between the two.