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

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

Noah Andre Trudeau / Nov 20, 2019

Bloody Roads South The Wilderness to Cold Harbor May June A detailed account of days of battle during the American Civil War from the Wilderness to Spotsylvania from North Anna to Cold Harbor It draws upon diaries letters reminiscences memoirs and reg

  • Title: Bloody Roads South: The Wilderness to Cold Harbor, May-June 1864
  • Author: Noah Andre Trudeau
  • ISBN: 9780316853262
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A detailed account of 40 days of battle during the American Civil War from the Wilderness to Spotsylvania, from North Anna to Cold Harbor It draws upon diaries, letters, reminiscences, memoirs and regimental histories, and covers the experiences of soldiers, civilians and politicians.

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    About "Noah Andre Trudeau"

      • Noah Andre Trudeau

        American Civil War historian He has won the Civil War Round Table of New York s Fletcher Pratt Awar and the Jerry Coffey Memorial Book Prize A former executive producer at National Public Radio, he lives in Washington, DC.


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    1. Noah Andre Trudeau's Southern Storm is a masterpiece about Sherman's March to the Sea. Two decades before "Southern Storm", Trudeau wrote "Bloody Roads South" about the Overland Campaign and he's come a long way as an author in those two decades. (I also think Trudeau's Gettysburg: A Testing of Courage is a better book than this.)Don't get me wrong: this book is by no means terrible. It is an adequate single-volume history of the Overland Campaign. It's handicapped by being written a decade befo [...]


    2. Another masterpiece by a great Civil War writer. Slowly getting through his works, and this one was fascinating. I appreciated how Grant just kept moving on, though he was clearly personally effected by the alarming rate of casualties. The numbers were on his side, and with complete confidence from Lincoln he just moved on.Trudeau always shows how Lee was the greatest general of his generation. When the Union army slips south while the Confederates are waiting and start he siege of Petersburg, L [...]


    3. The history of the bloodiest campaign of the Civil War: Ulysses S. Grant's 1864 Overland Campaign against Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, told mostly through the words of those who experienced it. A popular history, the notes/citations are slim, but its day-by-day, sometimes hour-by-hour narrative makes it feel like you're traveling with the two armies while reading it. I used this book to follow along with the events of the campaign each day during the sesquicentennial an [...]


    4. The first of Trudeau's four volumes of the final campaign in Virginia in 1864-5. These are the most contested and bloodiest of the battles between Grant and Lee. Shows the tenacity of Grant and the defensive skills of Lee. Also shows the hazards of the offensive in the Civil War and the costs of undertaking offensive attacks (even a day could aid the defense so much to as to negate a 2 to 1 advantage). Very well written.


    5. Grant moves east to take command. He loses the battle of the wilderness but keeps on going against an increasingly exhausted south. Ultimately he shows that in a meat grinder series of battles that the south may win individual battles but the North can sustain causalties better than the south. Despite Lee's victories, Grant pushes Lee all the way to Petersburg, siege, and a northern victory the following Spring.A good read.


    6. A good one volume history of the campaign. It doesn't go into any detailed tactical analysis of the battles (Gordon C. Rhea's books do a good job of that). Mr. Trudeau probably depended too heavily on quotations to tell the story. The maps in this book are really bad. Only four maps, all placed at the front of the book, are used to show six weeks of combat and marching. For the two weeks of Spotsylvania, only a single full page map was used, with three tiny inset maps.


    7. Like The Last Citadel, Trudeau brings these battles to life through first person accounts of the men who were there. A little short on strategy and tactics, but that is not the author's style.


    8. Mister Trudeau is one of my favorite Civil War authors. This book is a great little history of the ascendance of Grant into control in the East. I always love the way he intermixes the story of the individual soldiers that compromised this great army.


    9. Good overall campaign level summary of the Spring 1864 battles in the Eastern theater. Liked how Trudeau switched back and forth, day to day, sometimes even hour to hour, between Grant and Lee. Gave a sense of the chess match that rapidly evolved between the two.



    10. I read this as my interest in the Civil War was beggining to grow. Loved the approach Trudeau took to telling the story through the eyes of those that fought the battles.


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