A Stillness at Appomattox (Army of the Potomac, Vol. 3)
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When first published in 1953, Bruce Catton, our foremost Civil War historian was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for excellence in nonfiction. This final volume of The Army of the Potomac trilogy relates the final year of the Civil War.
that housed General Ledlie and borrowed a swig of his jug of rum, leaving his brigadiers to direct the fight.23 It was impossible to go through the crater, because it was full of white troops. The colonel of the leading regiment saw this difficulty and led the command off to the right. By this time most of Potter’s men had been shoved out of the trenches they had seized, and the colored regiment found itself running along between the Rebel abatis and a trenchful of Southern infantry—so close to
fringe, withdrew his third-party candidacy for the presidency. By Chandler’s deal or by sheer coincidence, within forty-eight hours Lincoln accepted the resignation of Postmaster General Blair, whom all of the radicals hated—accepted it, in fact, before Blair had even submitted it. As September came to an end Lincoln told his old friend Ward Lamon that although “Jordan has been a hard road to travel” he was beginning to think that he would wind up on the right side of the river. Dour old Gideon
four thousand and odd of them, one trooper to every four horses. The country was densely wooded, with few roads and many rail fences, and the air was full of smoke and bullets and shouting men, and the conditions under which one mounted man could easily lead three riderless horses did not exist. The horses became panicky and fractious, and they kept running on the wrong side of trees, or colliding with each other, creating fearful tangles of kicking, plunging animals and snarled reins and cursing
First Regiment Rhode Island Light Artillery, by Theodore Reichardt. Providence, 1865. Down in Dixie: Life in a Cavalry Regiment in the War Days, by Stanton P. Allen. Boston, 1888. The Fifth Army Corps, by Lieutenant Colonel William H. Powell. New York, 1896. First Connecticut Heavy Artillery: Historical Sketch, by E. B. Bennett. Hartford, 1904. The 48th in the War, by Oliver Christian Bosbyshell. Philadelphia, 1895. Four Years Campaigning in the Army of the Potomac, by D. G. Crotty. Grand
fighting began. Plans which had been based on the assumption that it would be a great deal weaker would have to be changed. So Grant sat down at his field desk and wrote orders for another move by the left flank: a move like the one which took the army out of the Wilderness, a shift east and south, maneuver in place of continued fighting. In a way this might be playing Lee’s game, but there was no help for it. Reinforced, Lee could hold his Spotsylvania lines indefinitely. If there was such a