Union and Confederate Army Positions at Battle of Monocacy on July 9, 1864
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Recommended Reading: Jubal Early's Raid on Washington.
Description: "Cooling has produced what is sure to become the definitive scholarly account of the campaign. Drawing on a vast
array of sources, including seldom-used veterans' accounts, Cooling presents a comprehensive campaign study from origins to
aftermath. Not only does Cooling masterfully describe the specific movements of the opposing forces, but he also never loses
sight of the wider context in which the campaign was fought. Continued below…
In fact, Cooling's greatest contribution may be his clear demonstration that Grant was fooled by Early's
operations and took an uncommonly long time to react to a very serious threat." - American Historical Review." About the Author:
B.F. Cooling is chief historian of the Department of Energy and has won the Douglas Southall Freeman Award and the Fletcher
Pratt Award for best Civil War history book.
Reading: The Official Virginia Civil War Battlefield Guide. Reader's Review: This is one of the most useful guides I've ever
read. Virginia was host to nearly one-third of all Civil
War engagements, and this guide covers them all like a mini-history of the war. Unlike travel books that are organized geographically,
this guide organizes them chronologically. Each campaign is prefaced by a detailed overview, followed by concise (from 1 to
4 pages, depending on the battle's importance) but engrossing descriptions of the individual engagements. Continued below…
make this a great book to browse through when you're not in the car. Most sites' summaries touch on their condition--whether
they're threatened by development (as too many are) and whether they're in private hands or protected by the park service.
But the maps are where this book really stands out. Each battle features a very clear map designating army positions and historical
roads, as well as historical markers (the author also wrote “A Guidebook to Virginia's
Historical Markers”), parking, and visitors' centers. Best of all, though, many battles are illustrated with paintings
or photographs of the sites, and the point-of-view of these pictures is marked on each map!
Recommended Reading: Desperate Engagement: How a Little-Known Civil War
Battle Saved Washington, D.C.,
and Changed American History. Description: The Battle of Monocacy, which took place on the blisteringly hot day
of July 9, 1864, is one of the Civil War’s most significant yet little-known battles. What played out that day in the
corn and wheat fields four miles south of Frederick, Maryland, was a full-field engagement between 12,000 battle-hardened
Confederate troops led by the controversial Jubal Anderson Early, and 5,800 Union troops, many of them untested in battle,
under the mercurial Lew Wallace, the future author of Ben-Hur. When the fighting ended, 1,300 Union troops were dead, wounded
or missing or had been taken prisoner, and Early---who suffered 800 casualties---had routed Wallace in the northernmost Confederate
victory of the war. Two days later, on another brutally hot afternoon, Monday, July 11, 1864, Early sat astride his horse
outside the gates of Fort Stevens in the
upper northwestern fringe of Washington, D.C.
He was about to make one of the war’s most fateful, portentous decisions: whether or not to order his men to invade
the nation’s capitol. Continued below...
Early had been
on the march since June 13, when Robert E. Lee ordered him to take an entire corps of men from their Richmond-area encampment
and wreak havoc on Yankee troops in the Shenandoah Valley, then to move north and invade Maryland.
If Early found the conditions right, Lee said, he was to take the war for the first time into President Lincoln’s front
yard. Also on Lee’s agenda: forcing the Yankees to release a good number of troops from the stranglehold that Gen. U.S.
Grant had built around Richmond Among the more memorable key-players
are Early, the daring general of the valley; Lew Wallace (who would later author “Ben Hur”), who attempts to block
Early's advance; and George Davis, from Vermont, who was
awarded the Medal of Honor during this fiercely contested campaign. This is a fine recounting of a relatively obscure but
quite interesting series of events, and both the general reader and Civil War aficionados will enjoy it. The book also contains
Reading: Reveille in Washington,
1860 - 1865. Description: Winner of the 1942 Pulitzer Prize in History, it is an authentic, scholarly description of life in Washington during the Civil War, written in a highly readable style. The "star" of the book
is, indeed, the city of Washington D.C. Many players
walk across the D.C. stage, and Leech's research paints vivid portraits not seen before about the Lincolns, Walt Whitman,
Andrew Carnegie, Winfield Scott, John Wilkes Booth, and many others. Continued below...
It's the "Capitol" that you have never really seen or heard that much about… It's a scrappy,
dusty, muddy, unfinished city, begging for respect. Washington City,
as it was called then, was both a respite for Union soldiers, as well as the Union Army’s “prostitution headquarters.”
From the so-called 'highlife to the lowlife', the politician to the pauper, all receive their respectful, or rightful, place
in this delightful but candid prose.
Reading: Season of Fire: The Confederate
Strike on Washington (Hardcover: 300 pages).
Editorial Review from Booklist: In 1864, Confederate General Jubal Early, outraged by Union depredations
in the Shenandoah Valley by the Federals, launched a bold but futile raid on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. With this event as the central focus of
his narrative, Judge has written a fascinating and riveting account of the men in battle. He masterfully maintains both dramatic
tension and historical accuracy by relating the events through the memoirs of the actual participants. Judge explains the
military maneuvers in language that laypersons can easily grasp, and his portrayals of the key participants breathe life into
the account. Continued below...
Among the more memorable key-players are Early, the daring
general of the valley; Lew Wallace (who would later author “Ben Hur”), who attempts to block Early's advance;
and George Davis, from Vermont, who was awarded the Medal of Honor during this fiercely contested campaign. This
is a fine recounting of a relatively obscure but quite interesting series of events, and both the general reader and Civil
War aficionados will enjoy it. The book also contains sixty-one illustrations.
Recommended Reading: Ashes of Glory: Richmond at War. Description: Drawing on an array of archival sources, Ashes of Glory portrays Richmond's passion through the voices of soldiers and statesmen, preachers
and prostitutes, slaves and slavers. Masterfully orchestrated and finely rendered, the result is a passionate and compelling
work of social history. The siege of Richmond, Virginia, is
unlike anything in the history of America.
For four years the Union soldiers tied an ever-tightening noose around the defiant city. Continued below...
That story--and the way Ernest B. Furgurson tells it--is reason enough
to tackle this work. But even more fascinating is Furgurson's exploration of the minds of the residents who so passionately
supported the Confederate cause. What twist of logic must
have inspired a citizenry--many of whom never owned slaves--to plunge into one of history's bloodiest conflicts? Visit Richmond in its proudest moments,
when it envisioned victory; visit Richmond in its darkest
times, when it felt flames.
Recommended Reading: Richmond Burning: The Last Days of the Confederate Capital. Description: Nelson Lankford draws
upon Civil War-era diaries, letters, memoirs, and newspaper reports to vividly recapture the experiences of the men and women,
both black and white, who witnessed the tumultuous fall of Richmond.
In April 1865, General Robert E. Lee realized that his army must retreat from the Confederate capital and that Jefferson Davis's
government must flee... As the Southern soldiers withdrew, they set the city on fire, leaving a blazing ruin to greet the
entering Union troops. Continued below...
The city's fall ushered in the birth of the modern United
States. Lankford's exploration of this pivotal event is at once an authoritative work of
history and a stunning piece of dramatic prose. About
the Author: Nelson Lankford edits the Virginia
Magazine of History and Biography, the quarterly journal of the Virginia Historical Society. He has written and edited several
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