To Appomattox: Nine April Days, 1865

Burke Davis


To Appomattox: Nine April Days, 1865

To Appomattox: Nine April Days, 1865

  • Title: To Appomattox: Nine April Days, 1865
  • Author: Burke Davis
  • ISBN: 9781580800976
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Paperback



Provides a chronicle of the nine final days of the Civil War, and a portrait of Grant, Lee, Lincoln, and the war s other notable personalities as they play out the end game to America s bloodiest war.


Recent Comments "To Appomattox: Nine April Days, 1865"

A decent overview of the Appomattox Campaign, though the first half is very dry. The book is also a prime example of "information overload," putting too much into the short narrative. Otherwise, it's a solid effort.

An extremely good book about the final nine days of the Civil War. Well-written and well-detailed story of Grant surrounding Lee leading to the surrender at Appomattox. One of the best on the topic I have read. It is a great reference book. Enjoy!

Writing style made this hard to read. Great info, but you have to be willing to read short, choppy sentences/paragraphs with little to no connection/flow.

This was my first serious adult "historic novel" specifically about the American Civil War (AMC). When I read it, it was the start of the Centennial/100th anniversary of the AMC. It covered the last 9 days of this 4 years war. At 11 years of age I was a novice and my conception of the Civil War was full of myths and legends and this was my first step in seeing the truth of this historical event. The picture of how sorrowful the South was, in April 1865, is horrific. The Southern people of Richmo [...]

Great read and timely as we approach the 150th anniversary of the end of the war. Burke Davis weaves together his narrative with the recollections and experiences of the original participants from both sides as the Grey and the Blue move the war finally away from Richmond and the Petersburg trenches. A number of fascinating vignettes offering intriguing insights into the background of the war, a number of the war's most important participants, and the complicated process of ending a war. The boo [...]

There are not a lot of accounts of the last campaign of the civil war. Primarily because the writing has been about the surrender and the assassination and the fall out from all of that. This book does a good job of explaining the strategy and tactics employed. Map are included, good narrative covering Petersburg, Richmond, Five Forks, Sailor's Creek and the final surrender by Lee at Appomattox Court House.The author is familiar with the areas of these battles which makes for an excellent defini [...]

Not too bad; I gave it only three stars due to the style used. The author wrote the book more as a story rather than as a military history; the focus is on the soldiers' memories and civilian accounts of the fall and Union occupation of Richmond and Petersburg. There are no foot/endnotes or order of battle, no analysis of the strategies or tactics used in the campaign. The author described the actions of each army separately; covering the actions of the Confederates first, then the Union army fo [...]

In the words of the author himself, "This is less a military history than a tale of human beings under stress." Burke Davis has never disappointed me in any of his books. Though dated, his work is excellent and has expertly weaved primary sources (see bibliography) into the narrative. The "cherry on top of the dessert" are the excellent maps by "Palacios." These maps are a hallmark of Davis' work. I could pore over them for hours! My library has 5 of his books (including this one).

Nine most surreal days of U. S. historyYou will not be disappointed in this play by play ending of the Civil War. Converse from both sides keep you alert as to what is next. I recommend this not only to history buffs but to anyone who would like to know more about America.

I usually will read through anything with history in it, but it was very difficult to get into this one. It jumps around too much for me. It is extremely detailed, even to the point of being "too much". The stories of Lincoln were by far the best parts.

The best part was the meeting between Lee and Grant and their signing of the surrender agreement.

Interesting, well-written, day-by-day chronicle of the last 9 days of the Civil War in the east, from Petersburg to Appomattox.

He went to great lengths to find original reports, letters, etc. to write an authentic history book.

Starts fine but after covering several days in just begins to drag.

3.5 instead of 3.

A well written account of the last days of the Civil War


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