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5.0 out of 5 starsI enjoyed this book as much as his prior work
Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2017
Joe Whelan is one of the most engaging current Civil War historians. His books deliver vivid insight into the movements, battles and fighters. From the experiences of the generals, sergeants and rank and file rifleman. His research provides new details and analysis, painting a vivid picture and points of view not previously considered by others I have read. I enjoyed this book as much as his prior work, Bloody Spring. I look forward to his next work.
A great Civil War book. Has some interesting facts I had not read before. There was a Union general named Jefferson C. Davis, and Sherman was great at planning and logistics but not a particularly aggressive fighting general. I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the Civil War.
3.0 out of 5 starsI would not recommend it to anyone for general reading as only a ...
Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2016
This book is very difficult to read,when you move to the next chapter you have to read 2 or 3 pag.es before your aware of which army you are reading about, what state you are now in or which person you are now referring too . I would not recommend it to anyone for general reading as only a civil war buff or military buff would probably understand it right away.
This is a good military history, It reviews an often overlooked aspect of the Civil War. Most Civil War histories dismiss the last few months as an foregone conclusion. That would have been news to the leaders and generals on both sides. Yes, the South was on the ropes, but the war had see-sawed for years. Ultimately it was still up to good generalship to force the final surrender. Wheelan's hero is Sheridan, and of course Grant and Sherman. One serious flaw. While Wheelan discusses the affect of the war on Southern white civilians, little or no mention is made of what was happening in the slave communities. Very little is said about the black troops who were playing an ever more prominent role in the campaign. He even glosses over the exclusion of Black fighting men from the Grand March victory parade. You can't write a Civil War military history without some nod to the social, political and economic aspects of the war at any given time . Read Guelzo's story of the Gettysburg campaign and how the MacCleannites who were wary of the more "radical" generals, and this split could have lost the battle. Anyway this is still a good detailed review of the last few months of battle.