Bjorn Skaptason talks with Gordon Rhea about his latest book, On to Petersburg. This program begins shortly after the Ron Chernow program; the start is approximate.
On to Petersburg follows the Union army’s movement to the James River, the military response from the Confederates, and the initial assault on Petersburg, which Rhea suggests marked the true end of the Overland Campaign.
On to Petersburg: Grant and Lee June 4-15 1863
By Gordon Rhea
Air Date/Time: November 1, 3pm (Central)
Immediately Following Ron Chernow Program
1st ed., 512p., 1st ed., cloth
With On to Petersburg, Gordon C. Rhea completes his much-lauded history of the Overland Campaign, a series of Civil War battles fought between Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee in southeastern Virginia in the spring of 1864. Having previously covered the campaign in his magisterial volumes on The Battle of the Wilderness, The Battles for Spotsylvania Court House and the Road to Yellow Tavern, To the North Anna River, and Cold Harbor, Rhea ends this series with a comprehensive account of the last twelve days of the campaign, which concluded with the beginning of the siege of Petersburg.
On to Petersburg follows the Union army’s...