Their Last Full Measure: The Final Days of the Civil War

Paperback | March 22, 2016

byJoseph Wheelan

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In this fast-paced narrative, historian Joseph Wheelan relates the dramatic events of early 1865, from the battles ending the Petersburg siege and forcing Lee's surrender at Appomattox to the destruction of South Carolina's capital, the assassination of Lincoln, and the intensive manhunt for his killer. Meticulously researched, Their Last Full Measure braids the rapidly unfolding events into a compelling account that includes powerful armies; leaders civil and military, flawed and splendid; and ordinary people, black and white, struggling to survive in the war's wreckage.

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In this fast-paced narrative, historian Joseph Wheelan relates the dramatic events of early 1865, from the battles ending the Petersburg siege and forcing Lee's surrender at Appomattox to the destruction of South Carolina's capital, the assassination of Lincoln, and the intensive manhunt for his killer. Meticulously researched, Their L...

Joseph Wheelan is the author of seven previous books, including the highly-acclaimed Terrible Swift Sword and Jefferson's War. Before turning to writing books full time, Wheelan was a reporter and editor for The Associated Press for twenty-four years. He lives in Cary, North Carolina.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 22, 2016Publisher:Da Capo BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306824531

ISBN - 13:9780306824531

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Praise for Their Last Full Measure"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."—William C. Davis, award-winning author of Crucible of Command"Their Last Full Measure is a fine synthesis of the events of 1865, the final days of the Civil War. Whether you are well-read in Civil War history or a novice, this book is highly recommended."—Civil War News"[A] thoroughly researched, engagingly written drama."—Roanoke Times"[A] vivid narrative."—Military OfficerKirkus 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.”