The Last Citadel: Petersburg, Virginia, June 1864-April 1865

The Last Citadel: Petersburg, Virginia, June 1864-April 1865

The Last Citadel Petersburg Virginia June April Perhaps no other battle or campaign of the American Civil War equalled the siege of Petersburg Virginia For days the war s final drama was played out over the fate of this once gracious Southern

  • Title: The Last Citadel: Petersburg, Virginia, June 1864-April 1865
  • Author: Noah Andre Trudeau
  • ISBN: 9780807118610
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Paperback
  • Perhaps no other battle or campaign of the American Civil War equalled the siege of Petersburg, Virginia For 292 days, the war s final drama was played out over the fate of this once gracious Southern town, the last bulwark of the Confederacy The book covers the 11 month siege of Petersburg.

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    The Last Citadel gets a solid 4 Stars for a complete, detailed tour through the 9 month siege of Petersburg. Each major battle or movement is clearly mapped, a big plus as there are few dramatic events but a long series of feints, attacks, and extended periods of little action. Trudeau uses the words of the participants to the max extent possible, split equally between Union and Confederate. The Battle of the Crater was one of the famous battles early in the siege. A bold plan poorly executed, t [...]

    I didn't plan it, nor did it enter my mind as I was choosing to read the Last Citadel, but I ended up reading about the fall of Petersburg and the Army of Northern Virginia's retreat and surrender almost 150 years to the days that it happened, which definitely made me think a little bit more about what I was reading.If you've read and enjoyed any of Noah Andre Trudeau's previous Civil War books, The Last Citadel: Petersburg, June 1864 - April 1865 is a book that you'll want to add to your readin [...]

    Really liked this book a lot. It goes into some considerable detail even though it the campaign lasted almost a year. Moreover it is crystal clear about the strategical and tactical aspects of the campaign without getting dull for a moment. Filled to the brim with personal accounts and very good maps to accompany the text I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the ACW and wanting to read about the Petersburg campaign (not that there's much to choose from though).Interesting is the s [...]

    This is, to my knowledge, the only single volume history of the Petersburg Campaign and it just received an updated & revised edition in late 2014 (originally published 1991). It covers the entire campaign from the first attacks on Petersburg in June 1864 until Grant's breakthrough in April 1865.Having not read the original version I cannot compare, although there is a preface giving a brief overview. Most notably the maps have been reworked. Some things still slipped through the cracks, par [...]

    The Last Citadel, Noah Trudeau's second Civil War history book, is generally regarded as the single volume history of the Petersburg campaign, and for good reason. The book is meticulously researched and draws from a sea of primary sources on both sides. Trudeau does a magnificent job working with these primary sources and allowing them to drive the narrative and provide most of the color to the story. His own writing is not overly flowery, or terribly artistic, but it is easily digestible and w [...]

    This is a very nice rendering of the Battle of Petersburg. Many Civil War buffs recall General Robert E. Lee's words: "We must destroy this Army of Grant's before he gets to the James River. If he gets there it will become a siege, and then it will be a mere question of time." This book provides in great detail the battle for Petersburg. It provides insights into General Beauregard's wise disposition of forces at the start of the battle, and his weak opponent, General "Baldy" Smith, who was quit [...]

    Good single volume history of the Petersburg Campaign; however, there were some things which prevented it from getting four stars. Several sections in the beginning of the book quotes extensively from the Official Records and (for the Crater) testimony for the Joint Committee on the war, rather than using the author's own words; this tended to make the flow of the book a bit jerky. Some of the changes in the structure of the armies or the changes in command of certain units are passed over quick [...]

    Another classic Civil War story from Trudeau this time about the strangulation of Petersburg, and the how that led to the fall of Richmond. It is amazing how close the South came to winning this battle even though Atlanta, Savannah and Charleston were falling under the march of Sherman.Confederate General Robert E. Lee comes across as a true hero and a wonderful person. The war would have been over a lot more quickly, had he led the North.Trudeau explains the battle but also puts the battles int [...]

    Trudeau continues the story he started with "Bloody Roads South", and in the same style: A day-by-day account of the Civil War's 9-month Siege of Petersburg, VA. While filling in the bigger picture with excerpts from Ulysses S. Grant's final report of U.S. military operations in the final year of the war, Trudeau presents an excellent, concise narrative of the major and minor actions that took place in the Petersburg vicinity in 1864-65. As a Civil War buff who has sometimes felt confused about [...]

    A very thorough and easily read account of the Petersburg campaign although the author strangely omits the Five Forks battle. It does provide a good understanding of the trench warfare fought there and the struggle of the Confederates to hold on to the city's defenses despite their inferior numbers.

    Applaud the attempt, but too ambitious for one volume. Its OK if brand new to the Petersburg Campaign.

    A most interesting discussion of one of the last big events of the Civil War. A good, solid read for any Civil War buff.

    The heartbreaking story of the Siege of Petersburg. Trudeau draws upon considerable research into first person accounts of this sad saga in our history.

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