To The Gates of Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign

To The Gates of Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign

by Stephen W. Sears

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618127139
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/01/2001
Edition description: 1ST MARINE
Pages: 514
Sales rank: 474,991
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

Introductionxi
Part IThe Grand Campaign1
1.Seven Days to Decision3
2.Stride of a Giant21
3.Siege40
Part IIEnemy at the Gates63
4.A Fighting Retreat65
5.March to the Chickahominy87
6.Battle at the Seven Pines111
7.Lee Takes Command146
Part IIIThe Seven Days179
8."Stonewall Is Behind Them!"181
9.Gaines's Mill210
10.The Flight249
11.Opportunity at Glendale277
12.The Guns of Malvern Hill308
13.Richmond Delivered337
Appendix IThe Armies at Yorktown359
Appendix IIThe Armies at Seven Pines369
Appendix IIIThe Armies in the Seven Days379
Acknowledgments393
Notes395
Bibliography437
Index451

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To The Gates of Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.