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This revised edition of Civil War Sites in Virginia: A Tour Guide by James I. Robertson, Jr., updated with new art and a reader-friendly page design, is timed to coincide with the sesquicentennial. Sites and directions have been updated including walking tours

(John Selby, Roanoke College, author of Virginians at War: The Civil War Experiences of Seven Young Confederates)

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James I. Robertson Jr. is Alumni Distinguished Professor in History at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books, including such award-winning studies as Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend, Civil War! America Becomes One Nation, and Soldiers Blue and Gray. Brian Steel Wills is Director and Professor of History at the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era at Kennesaw State University. He is the author of Gone with the Glory: The Civil War in Cinema and The War Hits Home: The Civil War in Southeastern Virginia (Virginia).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 121 pages
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press; revised edition edition (March 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813931118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813931111
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #838,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Daniel Hurley VINE VOICE on December 8, 2001
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This absoloute Civil War site traveler book is fantastic in helping you locate and enjoy virtually every Civil war site in Virginia. Robertson smartly divides VA. into geographic regions
where he maps out the locations of famous CW sites with not only directions but brief description sof the events. With this book I found the famous Drewry's Bluff defense site located above the James river 7 miles below Richmond where the Confederates stopped the monitor and it's fleet and in 1864 played a key role in stoping the Union advance to take Petersburg and Richmond. A remote and beautiful earthwork over the river. Obviously, the great sites of Manasas and Richmond are noted but
off the beaten path locations are best. The site of Turner Ashby's death putside of Harrisonburg off a dirt road into the woods, the site of the Rifle pits and trenches of the North Anna campaign, the star shaped eathern fort in Smithfield, the remote twin on the opposite side of the James in Fort Eustis Army Base, Fort Early an earthwork in Lynchburg, the huge trenches in Newport News City Park, the Jackson valley Campaign and on. A great road trip book and I hope he will have an updated edition with more off road sites. Caution is needed regarding areas that have been developed since the initial printing. Original access roads may have been changed or renamed such as at Yellow Tavern where the connecting street, now called Old Francis Rd., no longer crosses U.S. 1. Now you must go further north and take a right (east) on VA. Center Parkway (North of 295 overpass) from U.S. 1 to old Telegraph Road, then travel south, .1 mile past Old Francis Rd to find Stuart's death site.
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I purchased a number of books on touring Civil War sites as we are planning trips to do so this year and next, during the final sesquicentennial dates. It's difficult to know which will be the "best" resources and I suspect that many if not all will compliment the others. The sites books have information concisely packaged. The Road Trip Books bring an orientation to the scenes as they exist today (as well as historical perspective) and the Day-By Day books allow another method of quick reference.
I needed the maps as well to remain oriented. With all of them, I can find not only the immediate point of interest, but also the context into which the events will fit. If I had to select just one or two to concentrate upon, I would be hard pressed to decide. I am in the process of learning as much of the information as will stick. It may seem like a lot of duplicative effort, but repetition and evolving context are what helps me learn and I want to learn, to appreciate what I will be viewing.
I also have purchased Shelby Foote's anthology to re-read as I had misplaced those volumes purchased when I was a kid. After seeing him in Ken Burn's The Civil War, I remembered how witty and enjoyable he is. All of this is available on Amazon
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I cannot say it any clearer than the previous reviewer. This book fills the gap. Making it easier to locate and walk the paths our forfathers marched, fought and died in the War Between The States. I'm glad I received this as a Christmas present. Next season, I'll be out and about on my motorcycle to visit these locations I've read about but could never find. That is until now. Professor Robertson had already inspired me to search the Commomwealth through his parcipation in the iTunes University lectures Civil War Series of Virginia in the Civil War. With this book, I'll easier locate the sites he mentions in the video.
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I am planning a driving trip to explore Virginia Civil War sites and this wonderful book has given me much to choose from, A great purchase.
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By Emzie on February 19, 2012
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This book is short but does give the reader the information on various civil war sites in Virginia. However, the reader will not find any in depth information concerning particular sites.
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