Matt’s Book Blog reviewed The Passing of the Armies: An Account of the Final Campaign of the Army of the Potomac by Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain for the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge 2011. Here’s an excerpt:
The Passing of the Armies is a Civil War memoir describing Chamberlain’s experiences in the last couple of weeks in the war at Petersburg, White Oak Road, Five Forks, and Appomattox. This book is not a collection of easy to read war stories, but highly detailed account of driving the Army of Northern Virginia to surrender. He was a Rhetoric Professor at Bowdoin College so his allusions derive from the classics, he employs a wide vocabulary, and he constructs coherent if sometimes flowery prose.
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