Bloody Spring: Forty Days that Sealed the Confederacy's Fate

  • Title: Bloody Spring: Forty Days that Sealed the Confederacy's Fate
  • Author: Joseph Wheelan
  • ISBN: 9780306822063
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Bloody Spring Forty Days that Sealed the Confederacy s Fate For forty crucial days they fought a bloody struggle When it was over the Civil War s tide had turned In the spring of Virginia remained unbroken its armies having repelled Northern armies for
    For forty crucial days they fought a bloody struggle When it was over, the Civil War s tide had turned.In the spring of 1864, Virginia remained unbroken, its armies having repelled Northern armies for than two years Robert E Lee s Army of Northern Virginia had defeated the campaigns of four Union generals, and Lee s veterans were confident they could crush the UnioFor forty crucial days they fought a bloody struggle When it was over, the Civil War s tide had turned.In the spring of 1864, Virginia remained unbroken, its armies having repelled Northern armies for than two years Robert E Lee s Army of Northern Virginia had defeated the campaigns of four Union generals, and Lee s veterans were confident they could crush the Union offensive this spring, too But their adversary in 1864 was a different kind of Union commander Ulysses S Grant The new Union general in chief had never lost a major battle while leading armies in the West A quiet, rumpled man of simple tastes and a bulldog s determination, Grant would lead the Army of the Potomac in its quest to destroy Lee s army.During six weeks in May and June 1864, Grant s army campaigned as no Union army ever had During nearly continual combat operations, the Army of the Potomac battered its way through Virginia, skirting Richmond and crossing the James River on one of the longest pontoon bridges ever built No campaign in North American history was as bloody as the Overland Campaign When it ended outside Petersburg, than 100,000 men had been killed, wounded, or captured on battlefields in the Wilderness, near Spotsylvania Court House, and at Cold Harbor Although Grant s casualties were nearly twice Lee s, the Union could replace its losses The Confederacy could not.Lee s army continued to fight brilliant defensive battles, but it never mounted another major offensive Grant s spring 1864 campaign had tipped the scales permanently in the Union s favor The war s denouement came less than a year later with Lee s surrender at Appomattox Court House.

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    1. Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, by birth and accomplishment could not have been more different. They met for the fist time in battle in the Spring of 1864. For forty days, great armies clashed by day and night from the Rapidan to the James. Lee, a stellar cadet at West Point and General Scott's Chief Engineer, was a Virginia aristocrat, the son of Light Horse Harry Lee, a Revolutionary War hero and one term Congressman. Grant, by contrast, was the son of a tanner, whose career at West Point [...]

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    2. Joseph Wheelan's "Bloody Spring - Forty Days that Sealed the Confederacy's Fate" is about the 1864 "Overland Campaign". Wheelan's book is both a well written history, and an organizational study. As a history, Wheelan covers the period from US Grants planning of the campaign through the Army of the Potomac reaching the Petersburg lines. As an organizational study, Wheelen concentrates on the Army of the Potomac as it learns how to fight and manuever against what was arguably the best military or [...]

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    3. For forty days in the Spring of 1864, the armies under the command of Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant were locked in combat at the Battle of Cold Harbor, North Anna River, Spotsylvania Court House, and the Wildnerness. Wheelan examines the personalities involved in these struggles as well as the strategies employed by both sides and he concludes that at the end of the forty days that the tide of the Civil War had turned toward an ultimate Union victory. But he also points out that the cost of [...]

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    4. For forty days in the late spring of 1864 the Federal Army of the Potomac and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia butchered each other in Virginia. Ulysses S. Grant, appointed as commander in chief of all Federal armies by Lincoln, took his post with George Meade's Army of the Potomac and launched it's 130,000 men on a brutal campaign to destroy Lee's army of roughly 65,000 men. At the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, The North Anna River and Cold Harbor the two pugilists beat each other senseles [...]

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    5. This book is well written,but basically does not cover any new information on Grant's overland campaign.The Civil war in the East has been the main focus of almost every book on the war.This is not even close to Gordon Rhea's multi volume work on the Overland campaign. Still this is a good book for someone starting to study Grant's campaign.

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    6. The third summer of the Civil War is about to begin and General Grant has now come east to take over command of the army and face off against Robert E. Lee in Northern Virginia. Wheelan's book, "Bloody Spring" takes a look at the Overland Campaign and how it's brutal 40 days of fighting weakened the Confederacy. While many of called the battle of Gettysburg the "turning point of the war," it is truly these 40 days that are the beginning of the end.Wheelan's telling is an overview, with focus on [...]

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    7. Very fitting to finish this book on Memorial Day, since it is about the 40 day period 150 years ago, when Grant and Lee's armies fought across Virginia at the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, the North Anna River and Cold Harbor. My impression is that Grant had the advantages of manpower and while his tactics ultimately won the day, Lee was by far the better strategist. If a few points had broken his way, at different times, the war could possibly have had a different finish [...]

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    8. I'm a Civil War nut and I really enjoyed this book. What impressed me was its lack of agenda. Too many Civil War books are written in defense of a person or incident. This book examines the 40 days beginning with Grant crossing the Rapidan and the Battle of the Wilderness to the Seige at Petersburg and comes to some conclusions that are sure to rile both the "Grant is great" and the "Robt. E. Lee for sainthood" camps. Wheelan examines the strengths and weaknesses of the various generals involved [...]

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    9. Well written account of Grant's Overland Campaign. Not fancy. Straightforward. But it was well organized and sensibly delivered. Could have used more maps, but I only say that because I love maps and graphics. Must be the infantry officer in me. It is very easy to see the looming shadow of World War One in the tactics and technology. Interesting stuff.

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    10. It's an OK read, pretty well-written and well organized. It draws heavily on several other sources and does not cover new ground, however. Several brief passages repeat later on, which is unusual. Pretty well balanced between the Union and Confederate viewpoints which is a big plus.

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    11. This is a great book! But unfortunately between the solid writing of the author and my vivid imagination, I am becoming emotionally overwhelmed and require a break. Maybe with time I'll have a chance to finish.

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    12. Well written book lacking only a few more detailed maps.

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    13. Incredibly detailed account of the civil war battle during May 1864. The horrors of hand-to-hand combat described. Very disturbing.

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