Review: THE PASSING OF THE ARMIES by Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

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.

Read the full review.

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  1. I’ve read a lot about Chamberlain but never read this book. I must put it on my list.

    I tried to leave a comment on Matt’s blog but I had to sign up to Xanga so…. no comment for him 🙂

  2. This does sound like a good book. I’ve read nothing about Chamberlain. I’m still wading into the Civil War with some middle grade books. For some reason, I feel overwhelmed when it comes to the Civil War, but don’t when I read about the World Wars or Vietnam. Odd.

    Xanga can be confusing, but you can comment as Other or Guest, which is what I do when leaving comments for Matt. 😉

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