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The Battle of the Crater is one of the lesser known yet most interesting battles of the Civil War. This book, detailing the onset of brutal trench warfare at Petersburg, Virginia, digs deeply into the military and political background of the battle. Beginning by tracing the rival armies through the bitter conflicts of the Overland Campaign and culminating with the siege of Petersburg and the battle intended to lift that siege, this book offers a candid look at the perception of the campaign by both sides.
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Corporate attorney, Army veteran and longtime Civil War enthusiast John F. Schmutz resides in San Antonio, Texas.Review:
"Schmutz presents a comprehensive treatment of the events leading up to and encompassing this battle . . . . For anyone who sees the Crater as the decisive battle that could and should have been, this book will provide the long-awaited answer to prayers." Jon Guttman, Civil War Times
"Schmutz delivers a detailed, tactical study . . . a good mix of unpublished diaries, letters and manuscripts as well as published primary and secondary sources." "3.5 out of 4." Harry Smeltzer, America's Civil War
"This book will probably remain the definitive study of this action foryears to come...a well-written and tightly constructed history...must be read by those especially fascinated by the final campaigns of the Civil War. Schmutz has set the standard." --Civil War News
"...Schmutz's The Battle of the Crater: A Complete History comes as close to being the definitive account of this largely ignored episode of Civil War history."
"His sources, which come from many different repositories and secondary works, are quite impressive. He describes the planning, execution and the actual battle in great detail."
"Illustrations and photographs are well placed within the book and the maps are concise without being too busy."
"The battlefield, which still includes the clearly visible mine and airshaft, serves as . . . a shrine to the brave Union and Confederatetroops that is well worth visiting. Those who do will certainly want to consult John F. Schmutz's fine work beforehand."
--Mitchell Yockelson, Archivist - National Archives, Instructor -
U. S. Naval Academy, Author --Soldier Studies
"By far the most comprehensive work on this topic that I have everencountered...wonderful...excellent writing...a complete history of theBattle of the Crater...highly recommend." --Cincinnati Civil War RoundTable
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Book Description McFarland & Company,, Jefferson, NC, U.S.A., 2009. Laminated Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Not Issued. BRAND NEW laminated hardcover. 418 pages, indexed. "Beginning by tracing the rival armies through the bitter conflicts of the Overland Campaign and culminating with the seige, this book offers a candid look at the perception of the campaign by both sides." Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Seller Inventory # N4010
Book Description McFarland, 2009. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0786439823
Book Description McFarland, 2009. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0786439823