"Hendrickson's account will appeal to general readers through his use of well-known first-person accounts to convey the human dimension of the fighting ...specialists will appreciate Hendrickson's argument that Grant's pursuit of Lee and his army was the only way to defeat an opponent determined to keep the field at any price." -Publishers Weekly"Definitely a page-turner that will appeal to the general reader and the Civil War enthusiast." -Library Journal"A lucid summary of this fateful period featuring profiles of the leading players together with colorful anecdotes." -Kirkus ReviewsThe incredible journey toward Lee's last stand.Etched in vivid detail and always mindful of its subject's lasting significance, The Road to Appomattox is an expert fusion of military and social history about the final months of the Civil War, including Robert E. Lee's last battle and surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, on Palm Sunday 1865. Drawing on contemporary diaries, letters, memoirs, and newspaper accounts, Robert Hendrickson's absorbing narrative dramatizes the impact of Lee's courageous final attempt at a crucial breakthrough.Features vintage photos, drawings, documents, and maps.
Robert Hendrickson (Peconic, NY) is the author of Sumter: The First Day of the Civil War and over a dozen other books.
Table of Contents
The Yankees Are Coming. The Siege of Petersburg. Marching to the Sea, Through the Shenandoah--and into Vermont! Breakthrough: The Capture of Petersburg and Richmond. The Last Long March: Westward to Appomattox. The Surrender. News from Heaven. After Appomattox: A Chronology. L'Envoi. Selected Bibliography. Index.
ROBERT HENDRICKSON is the author of more than forty books, including Sumter: The First Day of the Civil War. He has received Ford Foundation and McDowell Colony Fellowships, and his stories, poems, and articles have appeared widely in newspapers and literary quarterlies. He lives in Peconic, New York.