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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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"Using an array of both archival and published primary material, [Patchan] has pieced together a fast-paced narrative about the oft-forgotten but highly significant events of late May and early June 1864 in the Shenandoah."
"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
About the Author
Scott C. Patchan is a leading authority on the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. He has written several books on the American Civil War, most recently Shenandoah Summer: The 1864 Valley Campaign and Second Manassas: Longstreet’s Attack and the Struggle for Chinn Ridge. He is a much sought-after tour guide and has also composed dozens of articles on the Civil War, including feature essays on all major battles of the 1864 Valley Campaign for Blue and Gray magazine. He also served as a writer and historical consultant for Time-Life’s Voices of the Civil War: Shenandoah 1864. He sits on the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation’s Resource Protection Committee and the Kernstown Battlefield Association Board of Directors. Scott is also a two-time president of Bull Run Civil War Round Table.
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BTW, he was sent (as the author correctly reports) by train to the Indianapolis prison camp. He escaped 6 months later, turned up at home in KY for 2 weeks, then reported back to his unit and was carried on the rolls until the end of the war. Prison records show him as Died of Wounds, however - they never reported escapes :-) The Yankee prison doctor - my wife's GGG-grandfather!
A great piece of research, and a fine read for history buffs. Highly recommended.
I would highly recomend this book to anyone who is interested in the Shenandoah Valley and it's role in the Civil War!
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.
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.