Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields: Discovering America's Hallowed Ground
TRAVEL THROUGH A PIVOTAL TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY
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.
Passes, in the event McClellan decided to make some move toward them from Washington. Lee’s instructions to his commanders were spelled out in detail on paper, Special Order #191. In one of the most decisive strokes of misfortune to befall the Confederacy, a copy of Lee’s orders was lost and picked up by Federal soldiers near Frederick, Maryland. Despite all Lee’s emphasis on secrecy, McClellan now knew the exact disposition of Lee’s army. Inspired by the huge strategic advantage he had been.
Rebellion (and what to do about it) was difficult to digest. In the South, the drive for secession had been driven first by politicians, but politicians don’t carry a musket, and as the energy for rebellion spread throughout the southern states, the first priority was the creation of some kind of effective army. Predictions came from both sides that this entire affair would be concluded in short order. But as each army added men and training, while the leadership sorted through their various.
Entire position. As Meade’s men surged into the opening, their confidence grew, and the Federal troops actually reached a road that ran behind Jackson’s position. But Meade’s lone division did not have the manpower to take advantage of the breach, and Jackson responded quickly to the crisis. Within a short time, Meade’s advance was choked off by Jackson’s reserves, and in a sharp fight, Meade was forced to retreat. Meanwhile, across the open plain behind him, tens of thousands of Franklin’s.
Abraham Lincoln and his generals fumbled with their vague strategies, they began to realize that if this war was in fact to become a drawn-out military confrontation, they had to rely much more on a sound overall plan to defeat the rebels. They had to contend with another reality as well. The southern army was being led by men who had once been some of the highest-ranking and most experienced commanders in the United States military. Both sides of the conflict regarded the Appalachian Mountains.
By soldiers who spent their shifts simply listening to telltale thumps from the earth below them. But Pleasants was not only a skilled engineer, he was also lucky, and although the rebels continued to feel certain that some activity was happening beneath their feet, they never discovered exactly what Pleasants and his coal miners had accomplished. The mine consisted of a shaft that stood nearly five feet high, roughly four feet wide at the base, tapering to less than two feet wide at the top. At.