To the Gates of Richmond charts the Peninsula Campaign of 1862, General George McClellan’s grand scheme to march up the Virginia Peninsula and take the Confederate capital. For three months McClellan battled his way toward Richmond, but then Robert E. Lee took command of the Confederate forces. In seven days, Lee drove the cautious McClellan out, thereby changing the course of the war. Intelligent and well researched, To the Gates of Richmond vividly recounts one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Edition description:||1ST MARINE|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.18(d)|
About the Author
STEPHEN W. SEARS is the author of many award-winning books on the Civil War, including Gettysburg and Landscape Turned Red. A former editor at American Heritage, he lives in Connecticut.
Table of Contents
|Part I||The Grand Campaign||1|
|1.||Seven Days to Decision||3|
|2.||Stride of a Giant||21|
|Part II||Enemy at the Gates||63|
|4.||A Fighting Retreat||65|
|5.||March to the Chickahominy||87|
|6.||Battle at the Seven Pines||111|
|7.||Lee Takes Command||146|
|Part III||The Seven Days||179|
|8.||"Stonewall Is Behind Them!"||181|
|11.||Opportunity at Glendale||277|
|12.||The Guns of Malvern Hill||308|
|Appendix I||The Armies at Yorktown||359|
|Appendix II||The Armies at Seven Pines||369|
|Appendix III||The Armies in the Seven Days||379|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Just finished reading this book and it was probably the the best Civil War book I've ever read. Sears has a balanced, clear, insightful style that far surpasses his too-partisan or too-dramatic predecessors. I'd never read about this incredibly influential campaign that basically set the stage for the rest of the war. HIGHLY recommended.
Sears presents a readable and understandable review of the events and main characters of the Peninsula Campaign of 1862. The Peninsula Campaign led Lee to decide to cross the Potomac into Maryland in late 1862. This book leaves many doubts in my mind about General McClellan. General Lee comes to the head of the Confederate army at Richmond. The battle of the Seven Days and related battles of the Peninsula campaign are tied together in a clear fashion. This book clarifies the main events of the Eastern Theater that determined the course of the war in the East in 1862.