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Lee's Last Stand: Sailor's Creek, Virginia, 1865 Hardcover – November 30, 2004

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Lee’s Last Stand offers a compelling look at the last battle of the once mighty Army of Northern Virginia.

About the Author

Lee’s Last Stand is Derek Smith’s second book on the American Civil War. A former journalist and public relations executive, his first book on the conflict, Civil War Savannah, was released in 1997. A native of Bishopville, South Carolina, Smith’s works have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers. His 1993 book Glory Yards depicted the Georgia-Florida college football rivalry. His first novel, The Sentinels, was published in 2001. He now lives in Williamsville, New York.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: White Mane Pub (November 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572492511
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572492516
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,537,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eric J. Wittenberg on June 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In recent years, the final campaign of the Civil War in Virginia has received a great deal of attention, with Jay Winik's best-selling April 1865 leading the way. While the pursuit of Lee's army by Grant's federals is certainly a compelling story, there have been few detailed tactical treatments of the combat that occurred during the pursuit and retreat.

The largest battle - in terms of numbers engaged as well as in acreage involved - was the battle of Sailor's Creek, fought on April 6, 1865. Sailor's Creek was an unmitigated disaster for Robert E. Lee's army, costing him 7,700 casualties he could ill afford, and prompting him to say, "My God! Has the army been dissolved?" His son, Maj. Gen. George Washington Custus Lee, was among the prisoners taken, as was Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell.

Other than the fine work by Chris Calkins, the tactical aspects of the battle of Sailor's Creek have received scant attention from historians.

Derek Smith has written a study of Sailor's Creek that promises much more than it delivers. Smith, a journalist by profession, has a smooth and easy writing style, meaning that the book is readable and pleasant enough, if a bit lightweight. If these were the only criteria by which books are reviewed, it would receive a stellar review. Sadly, though, many more factors come into play. Once those other factors are brought into the equation, this book's many weaknesses become obvious.

First, and foremost, the author did virtually no research of his own. A review of his endnotes indicates that he relied almost exclusively on secondary sources. A review of the bibliography indicates that he did almost no primary source research of his own, and no primary source manuscript research at all.
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By Dan on December 25, 2012
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This was a very good book. Tough to follow at times with Col so and so and Generals you never heard of. I wanted to know more about the battle itself and the book did just that.
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Sailor's Creek is the last battle between the fabled Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac. The battle is overshadowed by Appomattox Court House a few days later and largely forgotten. Visitors to Appomattox will be hard pressed to find information on Sailor's Creek although the Rangers can give you directions to the battlefield. This very desperate, full-fledged battle destroyed two corps of the AoNV leaving Lee little offensive capability and less supplies. The time lost trying to save them contributed to his army being trapped at Appomattox.

Mr. Smith has written a very readable, intelligent account of the events leading up to the battle. His coverage of the battle is clear, allowing us to follow event easily with a minimum of confusion. The impact of the battle on the campaign and the men involved is well covered. The aftermath for the Confederates taken prisoner is very interesting. Overall, this is a very readable battle history but it could be improved.

My two objections are;

1) Maps. Publishers need to understand that battle histories need them. This book has far to few maps and far to many Illustrations. This is not problem unique to this book, publishing houses need to reconsider the lack of maps in battle histories.

2) Bias. Both sides were very brave, tired and hungry. Members of the AoNV had it worse than the men in the AOP but courage and dedication were not unique to either side. Mr. Smith overly emphasizes the out numbered scarecrows in butternut facing the blue clad hordes. Some of it is true but to often detracts from the story.

Overall, I like the book and feel it is a good value. It could be better but it is a good book and you will gain an understanding of this battle including the questions about the name.
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Excellent book. Obtained information I had been looking for about my great grandfather's CSA brigade.
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