"I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer." General Ulysses S. Grant, 1864 Wilderness campaign
Time Life Books, Richmond, Va., 1998. 10 1/4 x 10 1/4, hardcover with dust jacket, 168 pages, illustrated, index. New condition.
This book is by and of the soldiers who experienced the savage struggles of the 1864 Wilderness campaign. Through their words and images you can relive the intense emotions, the terrifying rush of events, the horrors-and even the humor-of this bloody saga. You hold in your hands an album of personal recollections, embellished with drawings, maps, photographs of artifacts, and especially images of the officers and men who witnessed the campaign firsthand.
This excellent book is a testament of the mutual destruction that took place in the hell of Virginia's tangled Wilderness. As you look into the eyes and read the words of the soldiers who fought there, perhaps you will be able to better understand the extremes of gallantry, cruelty, and stoicism the soldiers put on display.
On the cover: After five weeks of campaigning in the Wilderness, Ulysses S. Grant poses for a Brady & Co. photographer in front of his tent near Cold Harbor, Virginia, in June 1864. Grant wears the insignia of a lieutenant general, a rank that carried with it command of all Union armies.