In the course of writing my Civil War novels, there's always a book that proves especially resonant for a given subject. This time, John Horn's The Siege of Petersburg: The Battles for the Weldon Railroad, August 1864, drew me back again and again. It was a true labor of love for Mr. Horn to write about three battles in which the rest of us, wrongly, have shown but little interest: Second Deep Bottom, Globe Tavern and (Second) Reams Station. His recently revised and expanded edition is, as my old drill sergeant used to say, "Mighty fine, mighty fine."
--Ralph Peters, Fox News commentator and award-winning author of Cain at Gettysburg, Hell or Richmond, and Valley of the Shadow in the Author's Note to his forthcoming novel, The Damned of Petersburg
Grant's Fourth Offensive at Petersburg...is excellently covered in John Horn's The Siege of Petersburg: The Battles for the Weldon Railroad, August 1864. This revised, expanded edition of his original 1991 book ranks as the foremost study of the Fourth Offensive. It belongs in every Civil War Library.
--Richard J. Sommers, author of Richmond Redeemed: The Siege at Petersburg
A superior piece of Civil War Scholarship.
--Edwin C. Bearss, former Chief Historian of the National Park Service and award-winning author of The Petersburg Campaign: Volume I, The Eastern Front Battles and Volume II, The Western Front Battles
It's great to have John Horn's fine study of August 1864 combat actions (Richmond-Petersburg style) back in print....Utilizing manuscript and published sources, Horn untangles a complicated tale of plans gone awry and soldiers unexpectedly thrust into harm's way. This new edition upgrades the maps and adds some fresh material. Good battle detail, solid analysis, and strong characterizations make this a welcome addition to the Petersburg book shelf.
--Noah Andre Trudeau, author of The Last Citadel: Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865
I highly recommend this book to the student of the Petersburg Campaign....John Horn's new edition of The Siege of Petersburg excels at filling in the gap of what what many other histories of the last two years of the war have failed to do.
--Matthew Bartlett, Gettysburg Chronicle
In cases where I own both editions of a book, I like to give prospective readers information on the differences to help them decide if the second edition is worth it. In this particular case, it absolutely is....interested readers will what is essentially a new book to buy on Grant's Fourth Offensive. Horn's volume stands alongside Sommers on the Fifth, Newsome on the Sixth, and Greene on the Ninth.
--Brett Schulte, The Siege of Petersburg Online
This important scholarship is very readable and balanced, has insightful analysis and permits the serious student and the novice to realize what happened and why ....This reviewer strongly recommends this book and suggests that it become part of every enthusiast's library.
--David Marshall, amazon.com
SavasBeatie should be saluted for encouraging the author to revisit and update his book. This is an excellent military study that anyone with an interest in the campaign or the war in Virginia will want.
--John Foskett, Civil War News
Everyone interested in the Civil War should read Horn's chapter 13 which is a model of how to examine the various levels of warfare and the ultimate meaning of this campaign.
--Edgar Raines, Goodreads
I hope the book is selling well: it is an excellent campaign history, full of clear explanation, dramatic stories, and incisive analysis. I especially appreciated the summary chapter, where Horn gave evaluations of all the key players.
--Dr. John G. Selby, author of Virginians at War
Hampton Newsome drew the maps for The Siege of Petersburg: The Battles for the Weldon Railroad, August 1864. He drew the maps for Civil War Talks: Further Reminiscences of George S. Bernard and His Fellow Veterans and for the forthcoming The Petersburg Regiment, 12th Virginia Infantry. Besides co-editing Civil War Talks with Dr. John Selby and me, Hampton is the author of Richmond Must Fall on Grant's Sixth Offensive at Petersburg, October 27, 1864,
On October 1, 2015, I did a virtual book-signing at the Abraham Lincoln Bookshop on The Siege of Petersburg: The Battles for the Weldon Railroad, August 1864. For a link to a video of the interview, click here.
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