Glory Enough for All : Sheridan's Second Raid and the Battle of Trevilian Station

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Provides a detailed strategic analysis of this pivotal Civil War cavalry battle; Challenges the prevailing assessment of Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan; Contains more than fifty photographs and illustrations; Glory Enough For All is the groundbreaking story of the Civil War cavalry battle that took place at Trevilian Station, Virginia, in June 1864, as well as the ordeal of Sheridan's second cavalry raid. After the ferocious fighting at Cold Harbor, Virginia, Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant ordered his cavalry, commanded by Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, to distract the Confederate forces opposing the Army of the Potomac. Author Eric Wittenberg chronicles the battle that resulted when Confederate cavalry pursued and caught their Federal foes at Trevilian Station, which was, perhaps, the only truly decisive cavalry battle of the Civil War. Wittenberg tells the stories of the men who fought there, including eight Union Medal of Honor winners and one Confederate whose death at Trevilian Station made him the third of three brothers to die in the service of Company A of the 4th Virginia Cavalry. It also addresses the little-known but critical cavalry battle at Samaria (St. Mary's) Church on June 24, 1864, where Union Brig. Gen. David M. Gregg's division was nearly destroyed. This well-researched study features appendixes that outline the order of battle, strengths, and losses on both sides. The only modern strategic analysis of the battle, it challenges prevailing interpretations of the Union cavalry and of General Sheridan. Eric Wittenberg shows that the outcome of Trevilian Station ultimately prolonged Grant's efforts to end the Civil War.

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Eric J. Wittenberg is the editor of Under Custer's Command: The Civil War Journal of James Henry Avery and the author of Gettysburg's Forgotten Cavalry Actions and We Have It Damn Hard Out Here: The Civil War Letters of Sergeant Thomas W. Smith, 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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“A fast-paced, in-depth narrative that captures the confusion, horror and heroism of battle. . . . Judicious placement of maps, numerous photographs and notes that provide additional detail and documentation are the crowning touch to this volume. Readers interested in cavalry operations and the Eastern Theater will welcome this contribution.”—David F. Riggs, Civil War News (David F. Riggs Civil War News)

“Detailed and absorbing”—Greenwich Times (CT)
(John Linsenmeyer Greenwich Times 2008-03-04)

"Glory Enough for All is an essential volume for anyone interested in the Eastern theater campaigns and Civil War cavalry."—James K. Bryant II, H-Net (James K. Bryant II H-Net)

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