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And Keep Moving On: The Virginia Campaign, May-June 1864 (Great Campaigns of the Civil War) Paperback – March 1, 2005
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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.Read more ›
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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Visiting civil war sites in Va. And wanted overview of the campaign covered by this book. It did the job and more,Published 3 months ago by Julie S.
Excellent one volume treatment of the Overland Campaign. If you only read one book on this subject, read this one. Very readable and just the right level of detail.Published 24 months ago by ScipioColumbus