A Peek at No Turning Back

Layout 1I wrapped up work this week on the latest title in the Emerging Civil War book series and got it shipped off to the printer. No Turning Back: A Guide to the 1864 Overland Campaign by Robert “Bert” Dunkerly, Don Pfanz, and Dave Ruth follows in the footsteps of Ulysses S. Grant, from the banks of the Rapidan to the banks of the James, as he tries to get at, through, and around Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

As I followed along, I had the chance to do some battlefielding (always fun!) and take some pictures. In the book, the photos will appear in black and white, but here at the blog, I can offer you a full-color sneak peek.

Here are just a few of my discoveries from the stretch between the North Anna River and Cold Harbor.

Carmel Church, where Union commanders rendezvoused before forging on to the banks of the North Anna just a couple miles to the south.

Union commanders rendezvoused at Carmel Church before forging on to the banks of the North Anna just a couple miles to the south.

During the cavalry clash near Haw's Shop, Confederates approached from Enon Church.

During the cavalry clash near Haw’s Shop, Confederates approached from Enon Church.

As the Federal army approached Totopotomoy Creek, they set up artillery positions near the Shelton House—once owned by the family of Patrick Henry's wife Sarah.

As the Federal army approached Totopotomoy Creek, they set up artillery positions near the Shelton House—once owned by the family of Patrick Henry’s wife Sarah.

Polegreen Church, destroyed during the campaign, has been "resurrected" as a steel-frame monument.

Polegreen Church, destroyed during the campaign, has been “resurrected” as a steel-frame monument.

sunset at the Cold Harbor visitor center

sunset at the Cold Harbor visitor center

Expect No Turning Back to hit bookstores by the end of April—just in time for the sesquicentennial of the Overland Campaign.

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3 Responses to A Peek at No Turning Back

  1. Safe enough to call this a “must buy”

  2. Come to the Fredericksburg Area Museum on April 24 and get your copy. After a brief discussion about the book you can have them signed by the authors at a reception.

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