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Battle of Piedmont and Hunter's Campaign for Staunton, The:: The 1864 Shenandoah Campaign (Civil War Sesquicentennial) Paperback – March 11, 2011

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"Using an array of both archival and published primary material, [Patchan] has pieced together a fast-paced narrative about the oft-forgotten but highly significant events of late May and early June 1864 in the Shenandoah."

"The author provides numerous biographical sketches of the personalities on both sides--affording an opportunity for the reader to understand the character traits and flaws that manifested themselves at Piedmont."

"This highly crafted and meticulously researched work is highly recommended." --Jonathan A. Noyalas, <Civil War News

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Scott C. Patchan is a leading authority on the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. He has written several books on the American Civil War, most recently Shenandoah Summer: The 1864 Valley Campaign and Second Manassas: Longstreet's Attack and the Struggle for Chinn Ridge. He is a much sought-after tour guide and has also composed dozens of articles on the Civil War, including feature essays on all major battles of the 1864 Valley Campaign for Blue and Gray magazine. He also served as a writer and historical consultant for Time-Life's Voices of the Civil War: Shenandoah 1864. He sits on the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation's Resource Protection Committee and the Kernstown Battlefield Association Board of Directors. Scott is also a two time president of Bull Run Civil War Round Table.

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  • Series: Civil War Sesquicentennial
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (March 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609491971
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609491970
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Wittenberg on August 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
I own a copy of the original edition of Scott Patchan's excellent study of the June 5, 1864 Battle of Piedmont, and have long hoped that it would be brought back into print. The History Press has done just that--it has brought out a new and significantly revised and expanded version of the book as part of its impressive Civil War Sesquicentennial Series. One of the advantages of that series is that it focuses on smaller and more obscure actions that have otherwise been overlooked. The Battle of Piedmont has a great deal of strategic significance to what became the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864. Had Brig. Gen. William E. "Grumble" Jones not been killed at Piedmont, there would have been a substantial and effective force of cavalry available to resist Maj. Gen. David Hunter's advance up the Valley and to serve under Jubal Early during the Valley Campaign. Jones' death left this command without effective leadership, and eventually earned it the ire of Early, who often referred to his cavalry force as being "buttermilk rangers".

Patchan's new edition is expanded with new sources, features additional illustrations, and enlarges the prior narrative by focusing on Hunter's raid on Staunton. The new edition is superior to the original edition, and I am pleased to have both versions in my library.

Scott Patchan's book is highly recommended to anyone with an interest in events in the lower Shenandoah Valley in the spring and summer of 1864.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Civil War Librarian on August 6, 2011
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The Battle of Piedmont and Hunter's Raid on Staunton: The 1864 Shenandoah Campaign, Scott C. Patchan, The History Press, 191 pp., notes, bibliography, index, 28 b/w illustrations, 15 maps, 2011, $21.99.

Studying the Civil War, readers come to realize that small military events change large military events. Speculative history, like The Fourth Battle of Winchester: Toward a New Civil War Paradigm by Richard M. McMurry, offers counterfactual questions that are kept within the parameters of what was possible at the time and place. These types of questions aid in gaining a better understanding of past events.

The apparently minor engagement fought June 5, 1864 near the village of Piedmont, Augusta County, Virginia is such a battle. Patchan's The Battle of Piedmont does this. He doesn't speculate but does show the battle was an important gate hinge upon which the war in the Eastern Theater swung open to a different set of circumstances and directions.

On June 5 Union Major General David Hunter engaged Confederates under Brigadier General William E. "Grumble" Jones north of Piedmont. After severe fighting during which Jones was killed, the Confederates were routed. Hunter occupied Staunton on June 6 and soon began to advance on Lynchburg, destroying military stores and public property in his wake.

The Union victory at Piedmont took off the map the only Rebel force available for offering resistance to destruction in the Shenandoah Valley. Davis and Lee were forced to find troops to send to the region.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Benintendi on October 31, 2011
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I must confess that I just got back from a weekend tour with Scott Patchan. However, I read his book prior to going to the battlefield with him. I can tell you that Mr. Patchan is extremely knowledgeable on this "little" battle. While the book is very good regarding the battle itself, along with the maps and illustrations, there is nothing like seeing the ground in the area of the battle.

The book is easy to follow and one that keeps the reader interested. Mr. Wittenberg wrote a very good review of the book and I suggest you read his review to get a better feel about the book itself. As for me, it was a wonderful, quick read about a battle that is not considered a major battle. Being from Ohio I like to read and hear about Ohio regiments and Mr. Patchan does a wonderful job of telling the story of the 28th Ohio and how they fought in this battle. I was actually standing on the ground where these men fought. It was wonderful being out there in the field listening to Mr. Patchan explain the fighting. It brought the battle into clearer focus. However, don't get me wrong. The book does a wonderful job of educating the reader about the battle and the movements of the various regiments. It was merely seeing the ground that really helped - especially in explaining the flanking attacks.

I also read Mr. Patchen's Shanendoah Summer book and found that to be very good as well.

If you are interested in the Campaign of 1864, this book needs to be part of the books you read to learn about the campaign. You will not be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gregory L. Vavroch on July 9, 2013
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As a student of the War Between the States, and of Confederate General William "Grumble" Jones in particular, I looked forward to the reading of Scott Patchan's book The Battle of Piedmont and Hunter's Campaign for Staunton. I was not disappointed. Mr. Patchan has done considerable research on the battle and the book was packed with facts and easily understood illustrations on the battle while at the same time easy to read. The book clearly illustrates the reason for the battle occurrence, how the battle developed, and the subsequent movement and counter-movement of the forces of both sides. The importance of the Shenandoah Valley's contribution to the daily operation of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and the city of Staunton, Virginia is examined in detail, as is the impact the loss of this battle causes to the Confederate war effort. Scott Patchan's presentation style makes it easy to visualize the expression on William "Grumble" Jones' face as he moves the Confederate troops to the left of the Confederate line confident with victory, only to be surprised and attacked by David Hunter's Union troops from the Confederate right. If one wants to understand the need for Robert E. Lee to deploy Jubal Early's Second Corps from the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia to the Shenandoah Valley in mid to late 1864, and the subsequent Confederate battles at Monocacy and Washington DC, this book is a key read. It is hard for me to understand why more historians have not given attention to this battle based on the impact it had on the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia once I read this book. Scott Patchan's book is a must have for any serious student of the eastern theatre of the War Between the States.
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