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Battle of Monroe's Crossroads and the Civil War's Final Campaign Hardcover – April 15, 2006
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The book is well researched, footnoted and complete within the time we are considering. The confrontation between Hampton and Kilpatrick outside the Bennett home, capture the men, their feelings and the time. It provides a logical beginning to the story, even if it occurs at the end. While presenting the reader with clear concise portraits of the major figures, the supporting cast is not ignored. The strengths and weakness of each Cavalry force is clearly described. This introduction gives us the needed background to understand the depth of feeling and desperation that contributes to the battle.
Weather and terrain conspire to hinder both sides building a waterlogged hell for man and beast. This produces a major impact on the campaign and the battle, becoming a story within the story. J.E. Johnston's army must cross over the Cape Fear River, Hampton's cavalry is trying to screen this movement and delay Sherman's army.Read more ›
Nicknamed "Kilpatrick's Shirt-tail Skedaddle," the battle is so much more than the towering Hampton catching the diminutive Kilpatrick with his pants down. Wittenberg has corrected that perception with an in-depth tactical study which both the casual student & learned scholar will find educational & entertaining.
Because of its location, among the secure confines of Fort Bragg, Monroe's Crossroads is the most pristine, yet least visited of CW battlefields. Therefore, few will ever get the opportunity to walk the terrain. There is an alternative -- a hammock, a pitcher of sweet tea & a weekend reading "The Battle of Monroe's Crossroads & the Civil War's Final Campaign."
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Another awesome Wittenberg book. He provides outstanding insight into the people and the events surrounding the much less documented Civil War Cavalry battles. Read morePublished 2 months ago by George M
The Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads
By Eric J. Wittenberg
Reviewed by J. Keith Jones
This book provides a great rendering of an often... Read more
Many of my readers are no strangers to the fine work which Eric J. Wittenberg has published throughout his career and this is yet another addition to his cavalcade of Civil War... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Matthew Bartlett
the author did a good job of presenting all the facts concerning this action and showed its importance in the campaign He also debunked some common theories about the action, and... Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by Frank Beaty
Excellent account of the battle and people involved. I knew virtually nothing of this action and bought the book based on the strength of E Wittenburg's other books - most... Read morePublished on March 5, 2011 by Vince Z
Typical of Eric J. Wittenberg's other books this is a remarkably fine work. Fought 14 miles west of Fayetteville, North Carolina, the Battle at Monroe's Crossroads was the last... Read morePublished on October 14, 2009 by Michael E. Fitzgerald
"Battle of Monroe's Crossroads and the Civil War's Final Campaign" is the work of an author who had done a great deal of indepth research. Unfortunately, he needs a new publisher. Read morePublished on November 7, 2006 by P. Chumbley