By Joseph Wheelan
As the Confederacy progressively crumbled lower than the Union army’s relentless hammering, dramatic advancements in early 1865 introduced the bloody conflict to a speedy climax and denouement. Their final complete Measure relates those exciting occasions, which each other like falling dominoes—from fortress Fisher’s catch to the burning of South Carolina’s capital to the autumn of Petersburg and Richmond and, eventually, to Lee’s give up at Appomattox and Lincoln’s assassination.
Acclaimed historian Joseph Wheelan—whose prose “fairly gallops around the page”(Wall highway Journal)—braids the disparate occasions right into a compelling, fast moving account of robust armies; civil and armed forces leaders, either fallacious and luxurious; and usual humans, black and white, suffering to outlive the war’s wreckage in Virginia, Georgia, and the Carolinas.
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