The Spotsylvania Campaign was a crucial period in the protracted confrontation between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee in spring 1864. Approaching the campaign from a variety of perspectives, the contributors to this volume explore questions regarding high command, tactics and strategy, the impact of continuous fighting on officers and soldiers in both armies, and the ways in which some participants chose to remember and interpret the campaign. They offer insight into the decisions and behavior of Lee and of Federal army leaders, the fullest descriptions to date of the horrific fighting at the "Bloody Angle" on May 12, and a revealing look at how Grant used his memoirs to counter Lost Cause interpretations of his actions at Spotsylvania and elsewhere in the Overland Campaign.The contributors are William A. Blair, Peter S. Carmichael, Gary W. Gallagher, Robert E. L. Krick, Robert K. Krick, William D. Matter, Carol Reardon, and Gordon C. Rhea.
About the Author
Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia.
Table of Contents
I Have to Make the Best of What I Have: Robert E. Lee at Spotsylvania / Gary W. Gallagher
The Federal High Command at Spotsylvania / William D. Matter
The Testing of a Corps Commander: Gouverneur Kemble Warren at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania / Gordon C. Rhea
An Insurmountable Barrier between the Army and Ruin: The Confederate Experience at Spotsylvania's Bloody Angle / Robert K. Krick
Stuart's Last Ride: A Confederate View of Sheridan's Raid / Robert E. L. Krick
A Hard Road to Travel: The Impact of Continuous Operations on the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia in May 1864 / Carol Reardon
We Respect a Good Soldier, No Matter What Flag He Fought Under: The 15th New Jersey
Remembers Spotsylvania / Peter S. Carmichael
Grant's Second Civil War: The Battle for Historical Memory / William A. Blair
What People are Saying About This
Some of the most important and innovative scholarship on Civil War battles and their political and social impact has appeared in the volumes of the Military Campaigns of the Civil War series. I strongly recommend these essays to everyone who is interested in the latest findings and interpretations.James M. McPherson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom: The Era of the Civil War