Book Talk: Noah Andre Trudeau’s The Last Citadel

| January 3, 2015 | 0 Comments |
When:
January 25, 2015 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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Where:
The Manassas Museum
9101 Prince William Street
Manassas, VA 20110
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
(703) 257-8457

This revised Sesquicentennial edition of Noah Andre Trudeau’s The Last Citadel, which includes updated text, redrawn maps, and new material, is a ground-breaking study of the most extensive military operation of the Civil War—the investment of Petersburg, Virginia.

The Petersburg campaign began on June 9, 1864, and ended on April 3, 1865, when Federal troops at last entered the city. It was the longest and most costly siege ever to take place on North American soil. By its bloody end, the Petersburg campaign would add more than 70,000 casualties to the war’s total.

Petersburg was the key to the war in the East. It lay astride five major railroad lines that in turn supplied the Confederate capital, Richmond. Were Petersburg to fall, these vital arteries would be severed, and Richmond doomed. With the same dogged determination that had seen him through the terrible Overland Campaign, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant fixed his sights on the capture of Petersburg. Grant’s opponent, General Robert E. Lee, was equally determined that the “Cockade City” would not fall.

With The Last Citadel, the Petersburg campaign at last emerges from the shadows to take its rightful place among the unforgettable sagas of the Civil War.the_last_citadel

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