Drew Wagenhoffer at Civil War Books & Authors reviewed John J. Fox’s new book on the last stand of the Confederates at Petersburg yesterday. Fox’s book, THE CONFEDERATE ALAMO: Bloodbath at Petersburg’s Fort Gregg on April 2, 1865, gets high marks from Wagenhoffer, which in my opinion means you should buy it immediately. In The Confederate Alamo, Fox focuses on the stand of barely 500 Confederates on the western side of the Dimmock Line at Fort Gregg and Fort Whitworth shortly after the final Union VI Corps Breakthrough on April 2, 1865. This small band of Confederates were able to hold off two Union divisions long enough to stabilize the lines behind them and allow the Army of Northern Virginia to evacuate that night. Without this stand, most of Lee’s army south of the Appomattox River would most likely have been destroyed. I have The Confederate Alamo on my bookshelf and I’ll also be reviewing it shortly. Don’t wait for the review here at Beyond the Crater, however. Go out and buy this new book which sheds light on a previously overlooked portion of the Petersburg Campaign. It looks like it will be a superb battle history.