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Their Last Full Measure

Their Last Full Measure

The Final Days of the Civil War

As the Confederacy steadily crumbled under the Union army's relentless hammering, dramatic developments in early 1865 brought the bloody war to a swift climax and denouement. Their Last Full Measure relates these thrilling events, which followed one another like falling dominoes—from Fort Fisher's capture to the burning of South Carolina's capital to the fall of Petersburg and Richmond and, ultimately, to Lee's surrender at Appomattox and Lincoln's assassination.

Acclaimed historian Joseph Wheelan—whose prose “fairly gallops across the page” (Wall Street Journal)—braids the disparate events into a compelling, fast-paced account of powerful armies; civil and military leaders, both flawed and splendid; and ordinary people, black and white, struggling to survive the war's wreckage in Virginia, Georgia, and the Carolinas.
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Genre: Nonfiction / History / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)

On Sale: March 24th 2015

Price: $5.99 / $7.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 432

ISBN-13: 9780306823619

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Praise for Their Last Full Measure

William C. Davis, award-winning author of Crucible of Command
"It may have been apparent to many by January 1865 that the war between Union and Confederacy was winding down to an inevitable denouement, but to the men in the armies and the exhausted citizens at home, the New Year promised only new trauma on new battlefields. Joseph Wheelan's Their Last Full Measure ably re-creates those feelings of dread and anticipation, and growing inevitability, in portraits and words of the men and women who lived those final months. His descriptions of the horrors of combat on the field, and the often-hidden battles among the presidents, cabinets, and congresses, are dramatically portrayed in a narrative that never loses pace or interest."

Kirkus Reviews, April 2015
“First-rate study of the often overlooked closing months of the Civil War…The author capably traces the closing military campaign in Virginia…At the same time, he writes critically, by way of foreshadowing, of the failure of Reconstruction...Particularly interesting are Wheelan's occasional forays into speculation: what might have happened…Wheelan has combed entire libraries to make this thoroughly readable, lucid survey. Well-practiced buffs will welcome the book, but novices can approach it without much background knowledge, too.”
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