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Petersburg to Appomattox
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The last days of fighting in the Civil War's eastern theater have been wrapped in mythology since the moment of Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House. War veterans and generations of historians alike have focused on the seemingly inevitable defeat of the Confederacy after Lee's flight from Petersburg and recalled the generous surrender terms set forth by Grant, thought to facilitate peace and to establish the groundwork for sectional reconciliation. But this volume of essays by leading scholars of the Civil War era offers a fresh and nuanced view of the eastern war's closing chapter. Assessing events from the siege of Petersburg to the immediate aftermath of Lee's surrender, Petersburg to Appomattox blends military, social, cultural, and political history to reassess the ways in which the war ended and examines anew the meanings attached to one of the Civil War's most significant sites, Appomattox.

Contributors are Peter S. Carmichael, William W. Bergen, Susannah J. Ural, Wayne Wei-Siang Hsieh, William C. Davis, Keith Bohannon, Caroline E. Janney, Stephen Cushman, and Elizabeth R. Varon.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. Caroline E. Janney
  3. pp. 1-12
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  1. 1. Grant Finally Takes Command: How the Race to Appomattox Was Won
  2. William W. Bergen
  3. pp. 13-40
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  1. 2. We Can Keep All the Yankees Back That They Can Send: Morale among Hood’s Texas Brigade’s Soldiers and Their Families, 1864–1865
  2. Susannah J. Ural
  3. pp. 41-82
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  1. 3. A Whole Lot of Blame to Go Around: The Confederate Collapse at Five Forks
  2. Peter S. Carmichael
  3. pp. 83-109
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  1. 4. Lucky Inspiration: Philip Sheridan’s Uncertain Road to Triumph with the Cavalry of the Army of the Potomac
  2. Wayne Wei-Siang Hsieh
  3. pp. 110-137
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  1. 5. Lee, Breckinridge, and Campbell: The Confederate Peacemakers of 1865
  2. William C. Davis
  3. pp. 138-169
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  1. 6. Many Valuable Records and Documents Were Lost to History: The Destruction of Confederate Military Records during the Appomattox Campaign
  2. Keith Bohannon
  3. pp. 170-191
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  1. 7. We Were Not Paroled: The Surrenders of Lee’s Men beyond Appomattox Court House
  2. Caroline E. Janney
  3. pp. 192-219
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  1. 8. Sheridan’s Personal Memoirs and the Appomattox Campaign
  2. Stephen Cushman
  3. pp. 220-253
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  1. 9. The Last Hour of the Slaveholders’ Rebellion: African American Discourse on Lee’s Surrender
  2. Elizabeth R. Varon
  3. pp. 254-284
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  1. Bibliographic Essay
  2. pp. 285-290
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 291-292
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 293-305
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