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Columbus, Georgia, 1865: The Last True Battle of the Civil War Hardcover – March 11, 2010
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There were more than a few battles and skirmishes that took place after General Lee's surrender, and among them was the battle between the Federal cavalry under the command of Major General James H. Wilson and confederate forces under the over all command of Major General Howell Cobb with Colonel Leon Von Zinken acting as field commander, at Columbus, Georgia, April 16, 1865. Because it happened a week after the surrender at Appomattox, and the day after the death of President Abraham Lincoln, and during the manhunts for Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth, and Confederate President on the run, Jefferson Davis, the Battle of Columbus has been largely forgotten.
Florida attorney and a self-proclaimed "Civil War enthusiast," Charles A. Misulia, has long been fascinated by the events which took place between April 15th & April 18th, 1865 in the streets of Girard (present day Phoenix City), Alabama and her sister-city across the Chattahoochee River, Columbus, Georgia and has written the first full length account of the battle in his book, "Columbus Georgia 1865: The Last True Battle of the Civil War."
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The author does an excellent job in giving the reader a real-time feel for each phase of the battle. He conveys the determined glory-seeking of the Yankee cavalry as they march across Alabama, as well as their fears while passing through dismal, alligator-infested swamps. He brings us to Columbus as the beleaguered defenders desperately prepare for the invasion that they know is coming. We experience every milestone and obstacle through the eyes and hearts of the men whose fate placed them there. The description of the battle itself delivers all of the exquisite detail that one often wishes for in other books which brush over the fighting itself. We feel the bullets whizzing thickly through the air, the agonizing rise and fall of every foot of terrain, the surreality of an attack by dark night, the superiority of the Yankees' Spencers, confusion between friend and foe and of losing contact with one's unit, and the suspense of each moment as the battle moves inexorably toward the crucial bridge crossing into the city. We read, fascinated, as soldiers of both sides and horses burst forth from the turpentine-saturated bridge into the streets of the doomed city.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written and very interesting, especially if you are at all familiar with the local area or any of the figures involved involved in the battle.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've lived in this area all of my life and never knew the whole story of this battle...until now. Mr. Misulia's work should be required reading for EVERY student of the civil war.Published 12 months ago by Jannix
We moved to Columbus, Ga., (and the South) about a year ago. Received this book as a gift. A great find! Read morePublished 15 months ago by rufush