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Sunday, September 20, 2015
Forthcoming: Cold Harbor To The Crater Essays
Cold Harbor to the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign, Gary Gallagher and Caroline Janney, editors,The University of North Carolina Press, 360 pages. $35.00, September 28, 2015
From The Publisher: Between the end of May and the beginning of August 1864, Lt. Gen.
Ulysses S. Grant and Gen. 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. Although many
historians have marked Grant's crossing of the James River on June 12–15
as the close of the Overland campaign, this volume interprets the
fighting from Cold Harbor on June 1–3 through the battle of the Crater
on July 30 as the last phase of an operation that could have ended
without a prolonged siege. The contributors assess the campaign from a
variety of perspectives, examining strategy and tactics, the
performances of key commanders on each side, the centrality of field
fortifications, political repercussions in the United States and the
Confederacy, the experiences of civilians caught in the path of the
armies, and how the famous battle of the Crater has resonated in
historical memory. As a group, the essays highlight the important
connections between the home front and the battlefield, showing some of
the ways in which military and nonmilitary affairs played off and
influenced one another.
Contributors include Keith S. Bohannon,
Stephen Cushman, M. Keith Harris, Robert E. L. Krick, Kevin M. Levin,
Kathryn Shively Meier, Gordon C. Rhea, and Joan Waugh.
Professor, Waynesburg University, Director of Eberly Library, Adjunct instructor in U.S. history. Member: Ninth Pennsylvania Reserves, Pennsylvania Reserves Division; Chesapeake Volunteer Guard.
Areas of study: Civil War medicine, Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Army Signal Corps, antebellum politics.