Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America's Hallowed Ground

Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America's Hallowed Ground

Jeff Shaara

Language: English

Pages: 211

ISBN: 0345464885

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Jeff Shaara, America's premier Civil War novelist, gives a remarkable guided tour of the ten Civil War battlefields every American should visit: Shiloh, Antietam, Fredericksburg/Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, New Market, Chickamauga, the Wilderness/Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg/Appomattox. Shaara explores the history, the people, and the places that capture the true meaning and magnitude of the conflict and provides

• engaging narratives of the war's crucial battles
• intriguing historical footnotes about each site
• photographs of the locations--then and now
• detailed maps of the battle scenes
• fascinating sidebars with related points of interest

From Antietam to Gettysburg to Vicksburg, and to the many poignant destinations in between, Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields is the ideal guide for casual tourists and Civil War enthusiasts alike.

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the rebels, part of Jackson’s command, could see the tops of the battle flags of the Union regiments as they advanced, and when the Federal troops emerged into the open at the far edge of the field, they were met with a storm of musket fire. As the Union troops melted back into the cornfield, the Confederates pursued, driving into the cornfield themselves. But Hooker ordered in additional troops, and the fight seesawed in the cornfield, close-range fire that mowed the field to stubble, with both

Federal troops (who still have some fight in them) to form up on good defensive ground and make their stand. This defense holds off attacks from the Confederate forces for several hours. The wooded crest of the hill closely resembles how it appeared in 1863. This is also the place to which George Thomas withdraws his troops (who had been positioned to the east, on the far side of the Lafayette Road from this point). It is, thus, the place where Thomas receives his moniker, the “Rock of

Federal troops expected that they would return to their camps to wait for some new decision maker to descend on them from Washington. But when marching orders came, the men were put into columns facing south, not north. By nightfall on May 7, they began to march not back to their camps, but farther into the enemy’s territory. Even in the darkness, it didn’t take long for the meaning of this new march to be understood. Along the columns, the enthusiasm returned, beaten and bloodied men no longer

accepting the harsh routine of fire control and the occasional rescue of those who might have been caught in the collapse of a home. But when the shelling stopped, the more peaceful routines returned. The civilians supported their army, did all that was required of them, providing food and hospital space. But as the siege took hold, the suffering and sacrifice grew worse for both soldier and civilian. For the first time, Lee was encumbered by the reality that he no longer had the advantage, could

rail line that had carried Jefferson Davis and what remained of the Confederate government out of Richmond toward their new base in Danville, Virginia. Lee had sent urgent word to the commissary officers in Richmond that whatever railcars could be provided be sent to Amelia with what remained of the food rations, presumed to fill many warehouses in the capital city. As Lee’s army struggled to reach Amelia Court House, they gathered up remnants of Pickett’s troops and the troops under Ewell and

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