Petersburg to Appomattox: The End of the War in Virginia edited by Caroline E. Janney



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Petersburg to Appomattox: The End of the War in Virginia (Military Campaigns of the Civil War) edited by Caroline E. JanneyPetersburg to Appomattox: The End of the War in Virginia

edited by Caroline E. Janney

SOPO’s Take: This long-awaited book in the Gary Gallagher/UNC Press essay series takes a look at the middle and end of the Petersburg Campaign through Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, covering essentially “Grant vs. Lee” from August 1, 1864-April 9, 1865.  I glanced at the table of contents, and the amount of Petersburg content is disappointing.  Only one essay focuses directly on Petersburg, with Peter Carmichael focusing on Five Forks.  Articles on the morale of Hood’s Texas Brigade in 64-65, Phil Sheridan’s handling of Union cavalry, and Confederate peace efforts in 1865 tangentially focus on Petersburg.  I find it unfortunate that of six Offensives at Petersburg during this time frame, only one portion of the Ninth Offensive is covered in any detail.

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        The last days of fighting in the Civil War’s eastern theater have been wrapped in mythology since the moment of Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House. War veterans and generations of historians alike have focused on the seemingly inevitable defeat of the Confederacy after Lee’s flight from Petersburg and recalled the generous surrender terms set forth by Grant, thought to facilitate peace and to establish the groundwork for sectional reconciliation. But this volume of essays by leading scholars of the Civil War era offers a fresh and nuanced view of the eastern war’s closing chapter. Assessing events from the siege of Petersburg to the immediate aftermath of Lee’s surrender, Petersburg to Appomattox blends military, social, cultural, and political history to reassess the ways in which the war ended and examines anew the meanings attached to one of the Civil War’s most significant sites, Appomattox.

        Contributors are Peter S. Carmichael, William W. Bergen, Susannah J. Ural, Wayne Wei-Siang Hsieh, William C. Davis, Keith Bohannon, Caroline E. Janney, Stephen Cushman, and Elizabeth R. Varon.

        About the Author

        Caroline E. Janney is professor of history at Purdue University.
        For more information about Caroline E. Janney, visit the Author Page.


        “A fine collection of essays written by experienced and knowledgeable scholars.”–Daniel E. Sutherland, author of A Savage Conflict

        “This volume admirably mixes traditional military history with social and cultural history to offer valuable insights on the battles and events of the Appomattox campaign.”–Earl J. Hess, author of The Battle of Peach Tree Creek

        Hardcover Edition

        ISBN: 978-1-4696-4076-1

        PublisherUniversity of North Carolina Press

        Release Date: April 9, 2018

        Pages: 320 pages

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