Confederate Waterloo: The Battle Of Five Forks, April 1, 1865, And The Controversy That Brought Down A General
by Michael McCarthy
- Civil War, Warfare, American Regional
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The Confederacy’s last gasp
Fought on April 1, 1865, the Battle of Five Forks broke the siege of Petersburg, triggered the evacuation of Richmond, and precipitated the Appomattox Campaign. Confederate Waterloo relives this decisive Union victory.
General Phil Sheridan’s strike at Five Forks ultimately forced Robert E. Lee’s army out of its defenses—and, a week later, to its surrender. The battle also spawned a bitter controversy over Sheridan’s relief of commander Gouverneur K. Warren for perceived failures in battle—an order that generated a lifelong effort by Warren to restore his reputation, and one of the most contentious Courts of Inquiry in U.S. military history.
Confederate Waterloo brilliantly captures the military and human drama of this pivotal engagement.
About the Author
As he approached retirement from the position of Assistant Commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation, Michael J. McCarthy earned his Ph.D. in American history from the University at Albany. His interest in the Battle of Five Forks was kindled during a Capital District Civil War Round Table trip to the battlefield.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||February 15, 2017|