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The Battle of Piedmont and Hunter's Raid on Staunton:: The 1864 Shenandoah Campaign (Civil War Series) Paperback – March 11, 2011
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"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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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Impressive scholarly research has provided us this well-written and interesting book. I enjoyed every aspect of the book, but even more as research on my kinfolk. Read morePublished on June 17, 2014 by brownil