On April 2, 1865, the Breakthrough at Petersburg occurred, and the Confederate military and government evacuated Richmond. There are books in the ECW Series that take a closer look at these events. Do you have them in your library collection?
Dawn of Victory, authored by Edward Alexander and published in 2015, takes a closer look at the attack Ulysses S. Grant ordered for April 2, 1865, setting the stage for a dramatic early morning bayonet charge by his Sixth Corps across half a mile of open ground into the “strongest line of works ever constructed in America.”
The book tells the story of the men who fought and died in the decisive battle of the Petersburg Campaign. Readers can follow the footsteps of the resolute Union attackers and stand in the shoes of the obstinate Confederate defenders as their actions decided the fate of the nation.
“The turn of things on that memorable morning was a turn that filled the soul with gladness. At dawning of day, we could see comrades bleeding, dying and dead, and it was sad to see our fallen heroes, but high above the sobs of death could be heard the shouts of victory, victory, victory.”
— Sgt. Francis Cordrey, 126th Ohio Infantry
Embattled Capital, written by Bert Dunkerly and Doug Crenshaw and published in 2021, is one of the newest books in the ECW Series!
Richmond was home to the Confederate Congress, cabinet, president, and military leadership. And it housed not only the Confederate government but also some of the Confederacy’s most important industry and infrastructure. The city was filled with prisons, hospitals, factories, training camps, and government offices.
This book includes history of Civil War Richmond and a comprehensive list of places to visit in and around the city: the battlefields around the city, museums, historic sites, monuments, cemeteries, historical preservation groups, and more.
I advise that all preparation be made for leaving Richmond tonight.
–General Lee’s telegram to President Jefferson Davis