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“The six-week military campaign that began that May, energetically recounted in historian Mark Grimsley’s And Keep Moving On . . . became a legendary duel. By focusing on the Wilderness, Grimsley also takes us into a moment when the Civil War battlefield – if not combat itself – was transformed.”—Washington Post
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"High quality of research, analysis, and storytelling. . . . An excellent synthesis of a sprawling military operation that extended well beyond the lines of Grant and Lee."—Daniel Sutherland, The Journal of Southern History
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“This excellent book covers what is commonly referred to as Grant’s Overland Campaign. . . . I enjoyed this clearly written book very much. The clear maps are helpful to the reader. . . . This one provides more than enough information for the reader on each battle, as well as the overall Virginia campaign. Though a bit pricey, I recommend this interesting book to all Civil War readers.”—Duane Benell, Civil War Courier
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“Grimsley’s work is a synthesis that includes traditional and ‘new’ military history methodologies, typical of the Great Campaigns of the Civil War series of which is it is the latest volume. Yet Grimsley does not get bogged down with a traditional narrative. . . . Grimsley’s analysis and historiographical review of the generalship of Grant and Lee are thorough and fair.”—Michael B. Ballard, Journal of American History
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"An excellent job of coloring in the details of the severity of the hardships soldiers endured. . . . Grimsley has provided Civil War readers with a balanced, yet provocative study of the Virginia war in the spring of 1864."—Stephen Engle, The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
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"A superb overview of the 1864 Overland Campaign. . . . Grimsley has produced one of the finest operational Civil War histories in recent memory."—Major James Gates, USAF, Military Review
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“A first rate campaign study that gives appropriate attention to the wide range of peripheral operations that came under Grant’s and Lee’s purview away from the main front. His book is clearly, sometimes graphically, written.”—Brian Holden Reid, War in History
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“Grimsley skillfully analyses the campaign’s significance in his final chapter, an analysis that sets his work apart from others. . . . The series as a whole, and this title in particular, will stand the test for another hundred years.”—North Carolina Historical Review
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“What he achieves is an excellent narrative that explains theater operations against the political backdrop of the 1864 presidential election and the relationship between major battles, subsidiary offensives, diversionary raids, and naval operations that compose the overall campaign. This is the first book length work to examine the Virginia Campaign of May and June 1864 as a unified whole.”—David R. Dean, H-Net Reviews
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“This is a fine interpretation that will be of interest to both general and scholarly audiences.”—Lloyd Benson, Military History of the West
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“This new paperback edition of Mark Grimsley’s highly acclaimed study of the Overland campaign of 1864, a volume in the Great Campaigns of the Civil War series, brings to students and teachers of the Civil War a military narrative of uncommon intelligence and lucidity. . . . Grimsley’s superb account should help bury the now-tired Lost Cause interpretation of Lee and Grant and their ‘duel’ and allow us all to keep moving on away from older readings that defined the campaign almost wholly in terms of casualties toward a fuller understanding of the way(s) the campaign presaged the Union’s modern strategy of multiple offensives that won the war.”—Randall M. Miller, Civil War History
(Randall M. Miller Civil War History 2007-03-26)

“This particular book is very interesting, featuring long chapters with lots of quotes from primary sources, several photos from the Civil War period and several clear maps. Grimsley also supplies an annotated bibliography. . . . A good addition to any Civil War collection.”—Rambles.net

"Engagingly written, thoroughly researched, and thought provoking, Grimsley's And Keep Moving On is the best single-volume history of the Overland Campaign yet published."—Gordon Rhea
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About the Author

Mark Grimsley is a professor of history at Ohio State University. His books include The Collapse of the Confederacy, Civilians in the Path of War (Nebraska 2001) and Gettysburg: A Battlefield Guide (Bison Books 1999).

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Product Details

  • Series: Great Campaigns of the Civil War
  • Paperback: 283 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803271190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803271197
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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By Bruce Trinque VINE VOICE on October 15, 2002
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Mark Grimsley does not seek to break new ground in "And Keep Moving On: The Virginia Campaign, May - June 1864". Up front he states: "This is primarily a work of synthesis. As such, my foremost thanks are due to the authors of the specialized studies on which it is based." These specialized studies are, either through their daunting size or their limited availability, unfamiliar to most persons interested in the Civil War. Mark Grimsley has performed a valuable service for such readers by drawing upon those narrow analyses to craft a comprehensive and lucid narrative about the Overland Campaign and its associated operations. In less than 250 pages of narrative text, Grimsley covers the fundamentals of not only such grand battles as the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor, but also Butler's fumbled thrust towards Richmond, cavalry raids in West Virginia, and fighting in the Shenandoah Valley. Moreover, he relates the pace of military matters to the political background (1864 was a Presidential election year in the North) and to state of civilian morale.
In discussing combat, Grimsley includes sufficient first-hand detail so the reader does not lose sight of the ultimate reality that the contending armies were made up of living, breathing, dying individual soldiers. Nonetheless, the book's primary focus is on the senior commanders. Grimsley states in the preface that he "evaluated the principal leaders as sympathetically as possible, always bearing in mind that they were intelligent men who operated under extraordinary conditions and pressure ... I have encountered few historical actors - even such perennial goats as Ben Butler - for whom I could not muster at least some respect." It seems that Franz Sigel, justifiably in my opinion, fell outside the author's range of sympathy.
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This is not the ultimate book on the overland campaign as Rhea's series of books from the Wilderness through Cold harbor captures all the detail of troop movements, decisions and action along with great documentation. But Grimsley is the big picture book of the overall campaign explaining the global strategies of Grant's attack plan for Virginia with coordinated raids (Sigel, Averell, Crook) along with a major move on Petersburg (Butler) while concentrating on Lee. Excellent short bios on the participants and Grimsley get sraight to it as why actions failed or succeeded. There is a remarkable chapter after the North Anna that covers a very serious side as the author details how the casualties fared as the armies continued to move, he covers the effect of fatigue, battle stress, the fate of prisoners that all grips the reality of war. A very fascinating, and appropriate account of the human effects of war on the participants. The book also comes with very adequate maps and the campaigns are given in fast moving detail. Even after reading Rhea's great books, as I have, I have enjoyed Grimsley's book that virtually stands back and looks at the action and movements of the commanders in broad strokes while explaining their decisions and reactions. For example, after understanding Grant's odd command structure of directly taking charge of Sheridan and Burnside's corps while Meade commands the Army of the Potomac, one understands how stressful and difficult it was for Meade to coordinate his attack plans. If you are going to throw one book in your knapsack for a field tour of the Overland Campaign, this is a great book to read and bring as a reference. Its going with me on my Pamplin Spring tour of the Wilderness through the North Anna this weekend.
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The author ,with an eye for detail supported by meticulous and diligent research,describes the most awesome and grueling part of the Civil War.It is the"blood,sweat and tears" campaign of Grant in the Wilderness and beyond,the threshold of the conquest of Richmond and the collapse of the South. Although this took longer the vital crack happened in this inglorious period of time.
As the author observes,in this Falkenhaynean strategy Grant had no other approach than to keep battering at the wall and hoping to prise
the stones loose.The difference is that Grant unlike all his predecessors pursued his strategy to its logical end.
Describing this very important part of the Civil War is not an easy subject,for most of the actions are without flair or impressive results in a short time as for example in Gettysburg.
The author is no Selby but it is unfair to expect fine prose from so grim a subject.The text however has didactic value some times overdone.The maps are very useful and well done.
Overall it is an honest day's work and the reader is well and intelligently informed,some times overinformed about these ,great in their consequences events.The criticism is addressed more to the editor than the author.
It is a well written and well presented text although it will not get the first prize in litterature but then, this was not the purpose for which it was written.It provides a very sober and very valuable analysis of events ,decisions,consequences and judgements hence,that are the deepest and fairest written on the subject to my knowledge.
The book deserves a good place in the Civil War library.
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