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To Make Men Free: A Novel of the Civil War Paperback – May 8, 2012
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“Masterful storytelling.” ―William E. Butterworth IV, New York Times bestselling author of The Saboteurs, on Pearl Harbor
“Creative, clever, and fascinating.” ―James Carville on Gettysburg
“Compelling narrative force and meticulous detail.” ―The Atlanta Journal Constitution on Gettysburg
“Gingrich and Forstchen write with authority and with sensitivity.” ―St. Louis Post Dispatch on Gettysburg
“Grim, gritty, realistic, accurate, and splendid, this is a soaring epic of triumph over almost unimaginable odds.” ―Library Journal on To Try Men's Souls
“With each book… Gingrich and Forstchen have gone from strength to strength as storytellers.” ―William Trotter, The Charlotte Observer, on Never Call Retreat
“The authors' research shines in accurate accounts of diplomatic maneuvering as well as the nuts-and-bolts of military action.” ―Publishers Weekly on Pearl Harbor
“The writing is vivid and clear.” ―Washington Times on Gettysburg
About the Author
NEWT GINGRICH, former Speaker of the House and Presidential candidate, is the bestselling author of Gettysburg and Pearl Harbor and the longest serving teacher of the Joint War Fighting Course for Major Generals at Air University and is an honorary Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor at the National Defense University. He resides in Virginia with his wife, Callista, with whom he hosts and produces documentaries, including their latest, A City Upon A Hill.
WILLIAM R. FORSTCHEN, Ph.D., is a Faculty Fellow at Montreat College in North Carolina. Forstchen's doctoral dissertation on the 28th USCT was one of the first in depth studies of a USCT regiment.
Top Customer Reviews
Battle of the Crater focuses on a battle that occurred on July 30th, 1864 during the Civil War. Northern and Southern troops were faced off outside of Petersburg, Virginia. The South had to hold the line, as a break there would likely allow the North to take Petersburg and Richmond and end the war. They were dug into trenches and had a fortress (Fort Pegram) that was well situated to hold their position and break the siege. A plan was devised and presented to Major General Burnside that was audacious in its effort and scope. A group of soldiers who were also miners would tunnel under the open battlefield, ending up under the fort. They would pack the mine full of explosives and blow a hole in the Confederate line, followed by an immediate charge of black soldiers who would be trained especially for this operation. In the course of a few short hours, they could take Petersburg and Richmond and deal the death blow to Lee's army.Read more ›
The novel is narrated by a Harper's Weekly artist and illustrator, James Reilly. He is also a friend and visual spy for Abraham Lincoln. Reilly's job is to be at the front lines sketching what he sees and listening for officer and troop reactions towards the war. Shortly after the Union debacle at Cold Harbor in Virginia, James Reilly meets up with the 28th USCT of the 4th Division- Ninth Corps. They are led by Sergeant Major Garland White under white Colonels' Russell and Pleasants. After laboring as a burying detail at Arlington, Virginia; the black unit is finally going to see action near Petersburg, Virginia. Once at the site of the conflict, the black troops are trained every day by battle hardened sergeants. The plan by Col. Pleasants is to tunnell underneath the Confederate lines to their fort and blow it up, while the colored troops charge the shocked Johnny Rebs and continue the attack all the way to Richmond, thus ending the war. The plan was approved by a enthused, but shaky General Burnside and begrudgingly by his disobliging superior General Meade. Just before the operation, Gen. Meade changes everything!Read more ›
Eventually, this settled down into a siege around Richmond and its suburb, Petersburg. Petersburg was a train hub and a vital link in the supply chain that fed the Confederate capital and its army. Both armies dug a maze of trenches, much like the ones used in World War I.
The problem was, although Grant was slowly squeezing Lee's army to death, it was not quick enough. The Presidential election of 1864 was quickly coming and war weariness had settled in - this change in strategy was causing so many more Union deaths and casualties. It was feared that Lincoln would not win and his opponent, McClellan would win. McClellan's platform promised a quick end to the war and would most likely end in recognition of the Confederacy as a separate country - the war would be lost.
At this point some Union soldiers who were coal miners before the war had an idea. Why not dig a tunnel under the Confederate lines, fill it full of gunpowder and then blow it up like a giant bomb?Read more ›
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People familiar with Civil War history are familiar with the Battle of the Crater - a great idea that failed because no follow up action immediately took place. Read morePublished 8 months ago by James Dainis
As far as the narration is concerned, the book is a novel and is written as such. The different characters speak and there is narrative as well. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sharon
One of the best books I have read. Great insite as to what happened.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer