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Bloody Roads South: The Wilderness to Cold Harbor, May-June 1864

by Trudeau, Noah Andre
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Retail Price: $19.95
Issue: Summer 2001
ISBN: 0807126446

This softcover printing of Bloody Roads South reintroduces Noah Andre Trudeau's history of the Overland campaign to the public. The book offers a day-by-day account of the successive battles, as seen from the perspective of common soldiers, staff officers, and political leaders. Quotes from letters, field dispatches, and postwar memoirs enliven the narrative. Although Lincoln had initially instructed Grant to avoid "any great disaster" during the campaign, Trudeau concludes that the president was won over to Grant's strategy: "It would take cold, hard resolution to see the combat through to its inevitable conclusion, but Lincoln knew now that he had found his man."

review of Bloody Roads South: The Wilderness to Cold Harbor, May-June 1864, by Trudeau, Noah Andre, Civil War Book Review, (Summer 2001).