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Columbus, Georgia, 1865: The Last True Battle of the Civil War Hardcover – March 11, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: University Alabama Press; 1st Edition edition (March 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817316760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817316761
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“There is no arguing that Charles A. Misulia's position is thoroughly researched, organized, and thought out. Columbus Georgia, 1865 is a fine addition to the continuing war of words that the American Civil War has become.”—On Point, The Journal of Army History


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“Columbus, Georgia 1865: The Last True Battle of the Civil War is one of those refreshing and rare books in the veritable flood of Civil War-related literature, one that truly offers something new for readers. Far from yet another attempt at reinterpreting oft-repeated information, author Charles Misulia explores in an engaging fashion a little-known story that has received surprisingly scant scholarly attention. The book is thoroughly researched, comprehensive in scope and content, and well written.”—Georgia Historical Quarterly


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“Misulia's excellent research and clear prose make for an enjoyable and instructive read. His narrative clearly follows the action from Alabama to Georgia and then focuses on Columbus. His passion for the subject helps the story, and his work, if viewed as local history, is outstanding. . . . Overall, Misulia provides a wel1-crafted story that allows those interested in the Civil War to delve into battlefield tactics, broader strategies, soldiers' experiences, and civilian concerns at a transitional period from wartime to postwar reconstruction.”—The Alabama Review

About the Author

Charles A. Misulia is a Florida attorney and the president of Veteran Arms, LLC, a Georgia-based company specializing in reproductions of historical firearms. He has also worked extensively in historical film and is the author/narrator of Battle of Columbus: Audio Driving Tour and Maps.


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James D. Miller on September 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ask the average person on the street when the Civil War ended and the answer you will most likely get is when Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Court House. Most people would be surprised to learn that the war never really officially ended, but rather the fighting between the Confederate and United States armies continued for weeks after the surrender ceremony at Appomattox, and gradually ceased as one by one the remaining Confederate armies in the field laid down their arms and surrendered. Just as there was no official declaration of war when hostilities broke out between the North and South, so was there no peace treaty declaring the war at an end.

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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Warren on September 23, 2010
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As an avid reader of Civil War history, I give this book my highest recommendation. To begin with, it delves into a battle rarely even mentioned, much less explored in depth. Although I never tire of reading about the same battles again and again from different points of view, it was an amazing experience to learn about this traumatic event which gripped a major city of the Confederacy. I consider myself well-read in Civil War history but never even knew that anything of note pertaining to the war happened in Columbus, Georgia.

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.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tyler on October 18, 2010
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I am a Civil War buff and even through all my book reading on the subject, I knew little, if any, about the conflicts that took place in the city limits of Columbus, Georgia just a week after General Lee surrendered his battered Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. I knew about a battle that took place on a ranch off the Rio Grande in Texas during June, 1865, which was awkwardly a Confederate victory. But I was amazed and delighted at the stories that took place in Columbus during April, a conflict that involved over 6000 men. So what happened to their stories making the history books for the past 135 years? Not sure, but the author must be glad to have come across this research that should definitely open a new chapter into the civil war. And this battle was fought in the dead of night, involving General Wilson's aggressive Yankee cavalry force, which had earlier burned out the town of Selma, Alabama in their haste to destroy what remained of the Confederate war effort. I knew of Wilson, but didn't know that he took place in this battle that jumps out at the reader on each page. Very hard to put down once you buy it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 17, 2010
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The Civil War didn't instantly end at Appomattox. "Columbus, Georgia, 1865: The Last True Battle of the Civil War" looks at the battle in this conflict that occurred April 16, 1865, a week after Lee surrendered to Grant. One last battle occurred as the remnants of the Southern forces were not prepared to give up just yet. Analyzing this battle and what it means in the greater picture of the war and Civil War history. "Columbus, Georgia, 1865" is a fine addition to any civil war history section.
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