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Battle of Monroe's Crossroads and the Civil War's Final Campaign Hardcover – April 15, 2006

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“All the elements that we expect in great battle are here: high drama, command decisions good, bad, and ugly; courage and cowardice, sacrifice and fortitude. Readers both new to the genre and veteran to the literature will find much of value in The Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads.” (Noah Andre Trudeau, author of The Last Citadel: Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865)

“Eric J. Wittenberg’s The Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads features a marvelous cast of characters and a riveting story impeccably researched and judiciously interpreted. It is the definitive account of this fascinating battle.” (Mark L. Bradley, author of Last Stand in the Carolinas: The Battle of Bentonville) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Eric J. Wittenberg is an accomplished American Civil War cavalry historian and author. An attorney in Ohio, Wittenberg is the author of many articles and the author or co-author of more than a dozen books on Civil War cavalry subjects, including The Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads and the Civil War’s Final Campaign; Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart’s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg; and One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife Susan.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Savas Beatie; First Edition edition (April 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932714170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932714173
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,299,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James W. Durney TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 10, 2006
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Eric Wittenberg solidifies his standing as our best Civil War Cavalry author by continuing to produce high quality, well-researched, readable histories that are both informative and fun. Using Savas Beatie as his publisher is a "Dream Team" for enthusiasts. Maps, maps and more maps ensure that you will never be lost and will instantly understand what retaking the guns means. The list of illustrations is one and a half pages; the list of maps is two and a half pages. Clearly stating that both the author and publisher understand what is nice, illustrations and what is necessary, maps. Since most of us will never get into Fort Bragg to walk the battle field, the maps substitute nicely keeping us orientated and in position.

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.
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Those familiar with the works of cavalry historian Eric Wittenberg know that each is the product of thorough research & sound analysis. He continues those traits in "The Battle of Monroe's Crossroads & the Civil War's Final Campaign." Previously unpublished primary sources & manuscripts make up a nice chunk of the book's 22-page bibliography. There are some 30 maps included. The footnotes, not the standard bland citations, are loaded with extra information & should be read after each corresponding chapter. The appendices are much more than filler copy. Included is a casualty list & 2 essays of which I am especially fond -- "Who was Judson Kilpatrick's Female Companion in March 1865?" & "What was Joseph Wheeler's Rank in March 1865?."

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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A terrific book on a long-forgotten battle that has deserved such a scholarly treatment for a long time. Nestled among the artillery drop zones of Ft. Bragg, and all but inaccessible to the general public, the Monroe's Crossroads battlefield is a great lesson in cavalry tactics. For those who enjoy treatments of actions during the last few weeks of the war, and especially one on a segment of Sherman's final campaign that has not been told before, you must get this book. Written by Wittenberg, one of today's best scholars of Civil War cavalry actions and personalities, this book is written extremely well. It's as thorough as it can get, and will long stand as the definitive tome on this battle. And if you want to see another aspect of the career of Judson Kilpatrick, one of the war's most controversial figures, this book is the answer. Lots of terrific maps, photos of every major player, completely footnoted, and a full bibliography replete with obscure primary sources round out this work. I also see that the book is an alternate selection for the History Book Club, and has received a glowing endorsement by none other than William C. "Jack" Davis. Get it, read it, and enjoy. This is the way history should be written and analyzed.
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THis is an original topic and Mr. Wittenberg has done a fine job. His knowledge,writing and presentation are excellant. This book can be read and enjoyed by a novice or scholar alike. This book made me wish I could view the actual battlesite. I own five of the authors books and he is without a doubt one of the best Civil War writers today.
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Excellent & Detailed Information on this Civil War battle. I happen to live only 8 line of sight miles from the location of the Battle for Monroe's Crossroads. I have actually visited the site in person many times. I can confirm first hand that the information published in this book is spot on accurate. It even includes detailed information on the Church my wife and I were married in, where General Sherman and his men spent the night while marching enroute to get to the Cape Fear River to cross it on their way to Averasboro and Bentonville. I have been to both of the burial grounds where both Confederate and Union soldiers are still buried to this day. The extensive maps in the book are spot on accurate. Having trained in this area during my military days, I can say by using modern maps to verify them, and after seeing it first hand that the maps of the actual battleground are accurate to this day. Thanks to military protection, & preservation, the battleground is largely undisturbed and probably looks much like it did during the battle. Authorized digs have produced hundreds of battle field artifacts. This is a modern day book of information that happened over 150 years ago.
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