4.0 out of 5 stars
Rhea hits a homer in 4th book in Overland Series:, Nov 13 2002
Last night I sat entranced with the words of Gordon C. Rhea as he enthralled a large audience at the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable regarding his new tome Cold Harbor. Rhea has a way
of being able to put complex tactical movements into understandable terms even lay folks like moi can follow. The
sanguinary chess game between Grant and Lee was filled with
surprises, tactical trickery and bloody assaults. The book
punches the life out of several myths such as;
1. Soldiers tied nametags on their uniforms in an early form of "dogtags." No! This first appeared in Horace Porter's post-war work Campaigining With Grant filled with inaccuracies.
2 The battle was the bloodiest assault of the war. Nope! It was fifteenth!
3 Grant was a butcher! Wrong. Rhea learned from modern military folk on a recent staff ride in the area that this was the best option for Grant to follow at this juncture of the campaign.
The book is beautifully written, based on years of solid primary source resourcin and includes many maps to help follow the action1. Highly recommended!!!!