By Joseph Wheelan
As the Confederacy progressively crumbled below the Union army’s relentless hammering, dramatic advancements in early 1865 introduced the bloody warfare to a speedy climax and denouement. Their final complete Measure relates those exciting occasions, which each other like falling dominoes—from castle Fisher’s trap to the burning of South Carolina’s capital to the autumn of Petersburg and Richmond and, finally, to Lee’s quit at Appomattox and Lincoln’s assassination.
Acclaimed historian Joseph Wheelan—whose prose “fairly gallops around the page”(Wall road Journal)—braids the disparate occasions right into a compelling, fast moving account of strong armies; civil and armed forces leaders, either unsuitable and opulent; and traditional humans, black and white, suffering to outlive the war’s wreckage in Virginia, Georgia, and the Carolinas.
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Their Last Full Measure: The Final Days of the Civil War by Joseph Wheelan