Richmond Burning: The Last Days of the Confederate Capital

Richmond Burning The Last Days of the Confederate Capital Nelson Lankford draws upon Civil War era diaries letters memoirs and newspaper reports to vividly recapture the experiences of the men and women both black and white who witnessed the tumultuous

  • Title: Richmond Burning: The Last Days of the Confederate Capital
  • Author: Nelson D. Lankford
  • ISBN: 9780142003107
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nelson Lankford draws upon Civil War era diaries, letters, memoirs, and newspaper reports to vividly recapture the experiences of the men and women, both black and white, who witnessed the tumultuous fall of Richmond In April 1865 General Robert E Lee realized that his army must retreat from the Confederate capital and that Jefferson Davis s government must flee As theNelson Lankford draws upon Civil War era diaries, letters, memoirs, and newspaper reports to vividly recapture the experiences of the men and women, both black and white, who witnessed the tumultuous fall of Richmond In April 1865 General Robert E Lee realized that his army must retreat from the Confederate capital and that Jefferson Davis s government must flee As the Southern soldiers moved out they set the city on fire, leaving a blazing ruin to greet the entering Union troops The city s fall ushered in the birth of the modern United States Lankford s exploration of this pivotal event is at once an authoritative work of history and a stunning piece of dramatic prose.

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    1. Excellently written. Using an abundance of primary sources, the author gives a wonderful overview of the entire situation in Richmond. The historical account reads very well, almost novel-like. I thought some parts were a little to harsh on the Davis family, but at the same time I suppose those feelings may have been what the general populace of Richmond was thinking. Overall, a very good book and I'd recommend it for those interested in the ending the American Civil War or seeking to understand [...]

    2. The author (who lives in Richmond) gives a chronological narrative of events before, during and after the burning of Richmond.I have a certain bias to this book because I lived my whole life around Richmond. The records of my early ancestors burned in this fire. I wanted to know what happened (some say the Union caused the fire,some say the confederates). The author sets the record straight and now I know why those records burned. So if you have no vested interest in the burning of Richmond I ca [...]

    3. Really excellent book, and offers such an insight to even present-day Richmond. I swear I've met a few of the racist, snobbish white ladies in this book. Is it possible they lived 150 years? I am not even close to a Civil War buff, but now I'm kind of embarrassed about how ignorant I was of this pivotal moment in my hometown's history. What a sad chapter

    4. I really enjoyed this book. It is well researched, well written and moves at a good pace. I've read several books recently about the end of the Civil War, but this one was a nice twist. Leaving out most of the normal military campaign coverage, it covers the lives of people in Richmond throughout 1865, with special focus on April and May. One of the great things about this book is the large cast of characters - freedmen, diehard Confederates, Unionists, Union occupiers, occupied civilians, etc. [...]

    5. Pure chaos for all involved in Richmond the last week of the life of the city during the Civil War. Imagine a city surrounded by battles that held the national government, the state government and the city government all of which were trying to flee to different points and each had different priorities. When General Lee began the retreat, the dominoes fell and fell fast. The national government fled under the thought of regrouping and fighting. The State government fled to save itself from the N [...]

    6. An interesting and engaging book about the last days of Richmond as the Confederate capital and the fire that consumed much of the city immediately before the Union occupation. The book contains information about a number of little known facts associated with the final defense of the city and the subsequent occupation and administration by Federal forces. Anyone with an interest in Virginia or Civil War history will find this book to be enjoyable.

    7. Because I'm a huge nerd, I read this book for fun and on a whim. It's one of the better texts I've read on the Civil War and one of only a handful that I know off that tell of the ending days of the war, with more than Richmond's final days as the focus.Engaging, well-researched, and well-written. Recommended for anyone who has studied the Civil War in depth and wants to go further than the bullshit that's laid out by average or subpar textbooks in high school classrooms.

    8. This is a wonderfully researched book. And it's well written too! Highly recommended for civil war buffs, as well as general history fans, as well.

    9. Interesting account of the last days of The Confederacy as it took place in Richmond. Well researched book!

    10. Interesting nonfiction about Richmond's history. Written a little too history book for me to love it. Mat bought it.

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