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Fight As Long As Possible: The Battle of Newport Barracks, North Carolina, February 2, 1864 Paperback – June 16, 2010


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  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Roads Publishing, LLC. (June 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982527535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982527535
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,256,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric A. Lindblade was born and raised in North Carolina, and began his study of the Civil War after a trip to Gettysburg at the age of six. He attended East Carolina University and is the owner of Ten Roads Publishing, LLC. In addition to his first book "Fight As Long As Possible: The Battle of Newport Barracks" he is the author and editor of "Down Here in this Bed of Secession: The Civil War Letters of Henry B. Rommel, United States Navy." His next book "The 26th North Carolina, 1861-1865: A Regimental History" is expected to be released in 2015. He is also beginning research on two future books, one a comprehensive history of the Civil War in Carteret County and the other a regimental history of the 1st North Carolina Volunteers. Lindblade currently lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with his wife Lindsey and their two cats and dog.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen A Valentine on June 7, 2013
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Very interesting. Of course, knowing my 2 great grand uncles were there made the book personal. Peter and Joseph Osier, R.I.P. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Civil War battles.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. on December 26, 2010
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This highlights a part General Pickett's expedition to recapture New Bern, NC in Feb.1864. It covers only the advance by General James Martin's Confederate forces sent to capture Newport Barracks and cut off help going to New Bern. Unforunately what happened at New Bern was not entered into during this book. There are no maps of the area of the advance and none of the battle itself which would have helped in following the fighting. Also it was printed in large fonts and double spaced between the sentences. These things aside reading the accounts and the events were very good for such a small battle which ended in a Confederate tactical victory after the main expedition had failed. Eric Lindblade seems to have done a lot of research for this side battle of the New Bern expedition into the casualties for the 2 Feb 1864 for both sides and afterwards follow up. It would have been a much better book if he had covered the entire expedition to round out the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 4, 2014
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Very detailed history of an often overlooked and forgotten battle. Well researched and written with plenty of footnoted to back up the writing. I highly recommend this book. Look for the updated 2nd edition.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sherman Peabody on September 9, 2011
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The battle at Newport Barracks was a minor event in a backwater of the Civil War. While it deserves study, this self-published books falls very short.
1. Most people don't live in North Carolina. The author fails to include any maps. This is a battle study: having no maps is a fatal flaw. Paul Zeller's fine 2008 history of the Ninth Vermont Infantry has two excellent maps of eastern North Carolina and the battle. How about working a deal to incorporate them?
2. The author laments that most written accounts are from United States sources, not Confederate. Yet he has overlooked several key US sources. If balancing the research calls for ignoring US sources, then he fully succeeds. In fact, he relies heavily on secondary sources and fails to use a shelf full of regimental histories, personal narratives and collections of letters. He does include several transcriptions from Southern newspapers. He should also note that Northern and Southern newspapers are often biased and just plain wrong. Lindblade accepts them at face value.
3. He notes that Confederate units prior to the campaign against the evil "Buffaloes," white natives of North Carolina who supported the United States. He fails to mention that North Carolina contained many people loyal to the United States and that these individuals were persecuted, jailed, and even executed by North Carolina Confederates and that the war in North Carolina was a true civil war. The author is a North Carolina native and seems to feel that there was overwhelming support for the Confederacy in the state.
4. The campaign's main event, the failed Confederate assault on New Berne, gets little attention.
5. The book reads more as an undergraduate's senior thesis than a critical campaign study. Lindblade needs to go to graduate school to learn how to read sources critically, develop more sources, and become a professional historian.
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