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Few events in Civil War history have generated such deliberate mythmaking as the retreat that ended at Appomattox. As the popular imagination would have it, Robert E. Lee's tattered, starving, but devoted troops found themselves hopelessly surrounded through no fault of their beloved commander, who surrendered them rather than sacrifice their lives. Victors and vanquished met at Appomattox in a moving surrender ceremony marked by a spirit of mutual regard.

According to William Marvel, this tale is a tissue of untruths that sprang from the imaginations of Lost Cause historians and Northern and Southern generals well practiced in the art of fabricating popular legend. Marvel offers the first history of the Appomattox campaign written primarily from contemporary source material, with a skeptical eye toward memoirs published well after the events they purport to describe.

Marvel shows that during the final week of the war in Virginia, Lee's troops were more numerous and far less faithful to their cause than has been suggested. Lee himself made mistakes in this campaign, and defeat wrung from him an unusual display of faultfinding. Finally, Marvel proves accounts of the congenial intermingling of the armies at Appomattox to be shamelessly overblown and the renowned exchange of salutes to be apocryphal.

Synopsis:

"Offers thought-provoking analyses and insights that will likely stir debate."

Washington Post Book World "Marvel sets the record straight on the last retreat and surrender of the Confederate army."

Library Journal "Marvel has cut away much distortion and hyperbole from the Appomattox story."

Washington Times "This book establishes a new baseline for discussions about Lee's last campaign."

Journal of Southern History "This well-written study stands as the best single-volume study to date on the Appomattox Campaign."

Blue & Gray Magazine

Synopsis:

Debunking many of the myths that have surrounded the Confederate retreat to Appomattox, Marvel shows that Lee's last days with the Army of Northern Virginia were chaotic, marked by fierce skirmishes and an uncertain outcome.

About the Author

William Marvel's many books include A Place Called Appomattox, Andersonville: The Last Depot, and The Alabama and the Kearsarge: The Sailor's Civil War, all published by The University of North Carolina Press. He lives in South Conway, New Hampshire.

Table of Contents

Foreword

1. Spring

2. Monday, April 3

3. Tuesday, April 4

4. Wednesday, April 5

5. Thursday, April 6

6. Friday, April 7

7. Saturday, April 8

8. Sunday, April 9

9. Peace

Appendix A: Troop Strength

Appendix B: The Fatal Delay

Appendix C: The Removal of Anderson, Johnson, and Pickett

Order of Battle

Notes

Bibliography

Sources and Acknowledgments

Index

Maps and Illustrations

Map 1. The Appomattox Campaign, April 1-9, 1865

Map 2. April 1-5, 1865

Map 3. April 5-7, 1865

Map 4. Sailor's Creek, High Bridge, and Cumberland Church

Map 5. April 8-9, 1865

Map 6. Appomattox Court House and Appomattox Station

A section of illustrations follows page.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807857038
Author:
Marvel, William
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
Robert E. Lee; Civil War in Virginia; Ulysses S. Grant; Appomattox Court House; the Army of Northern Virginia; the Army of the Potomac
Subject:
Robert E. Lee
Subject:
Civil War in Virginia
Subject:
Ulysses S. Grant
Subject:
Appomattox Court House
Subject:
the Army of Northern Virginia
Subject:
the Army of the Potomac
Subject:
US History-1800 to Civil War
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Civil War America
Publication Date:
February 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.38 in 22.08 oz

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Product details 328 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807857038 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Offers thought-provoking analyses and insights that will likely stir debate."

Washington Post Book World "Marvel sets the record straight on the last retreat and surrender of the Confederate army."

Library Journal "Marvel has cut away much distortion and hyperbole from the Appomattox story."

Washington Times "This book establishes a new baseline for discussions about Lee's last campaign."

Journal of Southern History "This well-written study stands as the best single-volume study to date on the Appomattox Campaign."

Blue & Gray Magazine

"Synopsis" by , Debunking many of the myths that have surrounded the Confederate retreat to Appomattox, Marvel shows that Lee's last days with the Army of Northern Virginia were chaotic, marked by fierce skirmishes and an uncertain outcome.
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