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A Place Called Appomattox

by Marvel, William
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Retail Price: $34.95
Issue: Summer 2001
ISBN: 0807825689

"To tell the story of Appomattox Court House is to tell the South's story of the Civil War," William Marvel observes, "a struggle that lasted not four years, but many, encompassing more than a lifetime between the first sectionalist rumblings to the last gasp of reactionary rhetoric." Marvel eschews the familiar storytelling about Lee and Grant at the surrender ceremony, in favor of examining how the fortunes of Appomattox's citizens paralleled the rise and fall of the Old South itself.

review of A Place Called Appomattox, by Marvel, William, Civil War Book Review, (Summer 2001).