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Lee's Retreat : A History and Field Guide Paperback – September 17, 2000
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"A graphic, spellbinding companion for travelers along the route of Lee's Retreat." -- Mitch Bowman, executive director, Virginia Civil War Trails
About the Author
Chris Calkins, a historian at Petersburg National Battlefield, was instrumental in creating the Lee's Retreat tour on the Virginia Civil War Trails. He has written extensively on the Lee's Retreat / Appomattox Campaign, Petersburg to Appomattox, April 1865.
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Between Burke Davis and Chris Calkins you are good to go on books on this last chapter of the Civil War.
Chris Calkins however, is the authority on every aspect of the Appomattox Campaign.
Drawing upon his tremendous knowledge of the battles that broke the Confederacy's hold on Petersburg and the surrounding area in early April, 1865, Calkins provides a very useful, highly readable guide for those who would like to drive the official "Lee's Retreat" driving tour from Petersburg to Appomattox. The maps by Steve Stanley are excellent. Using "Lee's Retreat: A History and Field Guide", the traveler comes to grips with the first-person accounts that put flesh on the bones of the signs and limited-range AM radio messages available at selected stops along the trail. This nicely designed and sturdily bound paperback guide is well worth the modest cost and may well lead the reader to delve deeper into this fascinating period -- the final days of the Civil War in Virginia.