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Battle of Monroe's Crossroads and the Civil War's Final Campaign [Hardcover]

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The Battle of Monroe's Crossroads, fought March 10, 1865, was one of most important but least known engagements of William T. Sherman's Carolinas Campaign. Confederate cavalry, led by Lt. Gen. Wade Hampton and Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler, launched a savage surprise attack on the sleeping camp of Maj. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick, Sherman's cavalry chief. After three hours of some of the toughest cavalry fighting of the entire Civil War, Hampton broke off and withdrew. His attack, however, had stopped Kilpatrick's advance and bought another precious day for Lt. Gen. William J. Hardee to evacuate his command from Fayetteville. This, in turn, permitted Hardee to join the command of Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and set the stage for the climactic Battle of Bentonville nine days later.

Noted Civil War author Eric Wittenberg has written the first detailed tactical narrative of this important but long-forgotten battle, and places it in its proper context within the entire campaign. His study features 28 original maps and 50 illustrations. Finally, an author of renown has brought to vivid life this overlooked portion of the Carolinas Campaign.

Ohio Attorney Eric J. Wittenberg is a noted Civil War cavalry historian and the author of some dozen books and two dozens articles on the Civil War. His first book, "Gettysburg's Forgotten Cavalry Actions," won the 1998 Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award.

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Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 15, 2006
Publisher   Savas Beatie
ISBN  1932714170  
ISBN13  9781932714173  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Eric J. Wittenberg is the author of "Protecting the Flanks, Gettysburg's Forgotten Cavalry Actions" (winner of the Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award as 1998 s best new work interpreting the Battle of Gettysburg), and "We Have it Damn Hard Out Here". In addition, he is the editor of "With Sheridan in the Final Campaign Against Lee", "Under Custer's Command" (Brassey s, Inc., 2000), and "One of Custer's Wolverines". He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Eric J. Wittenberg currently resides in Columbus, in the state of Ohio. Eric J. Wittenberg was born in 1961 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Civil War Preservation Trust.

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6Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States > State & Local - By State > North Carolina
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Knowledgeable, but...  Nov 7, 2006
"Battle of Monroe's Crossroads and the Civil War's Final Campaign" is the work of an author who had done a great deal of indepth research. Unfortunately, he needs a new publisher. The book has a suprising number of typos and, in one place, has a whole paragraph that definitely seems out of place. The maps are detailed to the point that they are difficult to read. (We don't need to see every stream in a black/white map.) Overall, the book has a lot of good sections but seemed somewhat disjointed to me. However, I would still recommend it for info on a battle that is typically overlooked.
Battle of Monroes Crossroads  Aug 25, 2006
THis is an original topic and Mr. Wittenberg has done a fine job. His knowledge,writing and presentation are excellant. This book can be read and enjoyed by a novice or scholar alike. This book made me wish I could view the actual battlesite. I own five of the authors books and he is without a doubt one of the best Civil War writers today.
An in-depth study of one of the most critical cavalry battles of the American Civil War  Jun 5, 2006
The Battle Of Monroe's Crossroads and the Civil War's Final Campaign is an in-depth study of one of the most critical cavalry battles of the American Civil War. Waged at dawn on March 10, 1865, the battle of Monroe's Crossroads was a vicious affair, waged mostly at close quarters with swords, pistols, carbines, and bare hands. Renowned cavalry historian Eric J. Wittenberg vividly describes the fierce life-and-death struggle from beginning to bitter end, with appendices clarifying such data as the order of battle an the identification of casualties. Black-and- white illustrations and an index round out this superb addition to Civil War military history shelves.
Excellent just excellent  May 11, 2006
Eric Wittenberg solidifies his standing as our best Civil War Cavalry author by continuing to produce high quality, well-researched, readable histories that are both informative and fun. Using Savas Beatie as his publisher is a "Dream Team" for enthusiasts. Maps, maps and more maps ensure that you will never be lost and will instantly understand what retaking the guns means. The list of illustrations is one and a half pages; the list of maps is two and a half pages. Clearly stating that both the author and publisher understand what is nice, illustrations and what is necessary, maps. Since most of us will never get into Fort Bragg to walk the battle field, the maps substitute nicely keeping us orientated and in position.

The book is well researched, footnoted and complete within the time we are considering. The confrontation between Hampton and Kilpatrick outside the Bennett home, capture the men, their feelings and the time. It provides a logical beginning to the story, even if it occurs at the end. While presenting the reader with clear concise portraits of the major figures, the supporting cast is not ignored. The strengths and weakness of each Cavalry force is clearly described. This introduction gives us the needed background to understand the depth of feeling and desperation that contributes to the battle.

Weather and terrain conspire to hinder both sides building a waterlogged hell for man and beast. This produces a major impact on the campaign and the battle, becoming a story within the story. J.E. Johnston's army must cross over the Cape Fear River, Hampton's cavalry is trying to screen this movement and delay Sherman's army. Judson Kilpatrick, commanding Sherman's cavalry almost by default, is trying to get around Hampton while protecting Sherman's foraging parties and supply trains.

Kilpatrick allows his cavalry to spread out, become badly separated and fails to protect the approaches to the camps. Wade Hampton and Joe Wheeler size an opportunity and attack a portion of Kilpatrick's command. The resulting battle is at close quarters, fought by veterans is a stand up fight with neither side stepping back. Eric Wittenberg details what the commanders do right; wrong and where they lose control. This results in an understandable sew-saw battle narrative as first one side and than the other attacks. Here the detailed maps are as valuable as the writing. Working together, the reader never gets lost always using one to support the other.

This is more than a battle book as the battle is placed within the context of the campaign and the war. This placement, allows us the answer the very complex question; "Who won?" The last chapters cover the aftermath of the battle, what it did to and for Johnston & Sherman and give us a glimpse of the participant's later life. An Order of battle and detailed list of causalities complete the history of the battle.
Appendix C & D, answer a couple of questions that are not technically part of the battle but relate to it. Both provide us with Human Interests items and make the story personal and complete. One deals with who was the woman in Kilpatrick's HQ and the other with "Fighting" Joe Wheeler's rank.
THE Definitive Study  May 8, 2006
Those familiar with the works of cavalry historian Eric Wittenberg know that each is the product of thorough research & sound analysis. He continues those traits in "The Battle of Monroe's Crossroads & the Civil War's Final Campaign." Previously unpublished primary sources & manuscripts make up a nice chunk of the book's 22-page bibliography. There are some 30 maps included. The footnotes, not the standard bland citations, are loaded with extra information & should be read after each corresponding chapter. The appendices are much more than filler copy. Included is a casualty list & 2 essays of which I am especially fond -- "Who was Judson Kilpatrick's Female Companion in March 1865?" & "What was Joseph Wheeler's Rank in March 1865?."

Nicknamed "Kilpatrick's Shirt-tail Skedaddle," the battle is so much more than the towering Hampton catching the diminutive Kilpatrick with his pants down. Wittenberg has corrected that perception with an in-depth tactical study which both the casual student & learned scholar will find educational & entertaining.

Because of its location, among the secure confines of Fort Bragg, Monroe's Crossroads is the most pristine, yet least visited of CW battlefields. Therefore, few will ever get the opportunity to walk the terrain. There is an alternative -- a hammock, a pitcher of sweet tea & a weekend reading "The Battle of Monroe's Crossroads & the Civil War's Final Campaign."

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