The last days of fighting in the Civil War's eastern theater have
been wrapped in mythology since the moment of Lee's surrender to
Grant at Appomattox Court House. War veterans and generations of
historians alike have focused on the seemingly inevitable defeat of
the Confederacy after Lee's flight from Petersburg and recalled the
generous surrender terms set forth by Grant, thought to facilitate
peace and to establish the groundwork for sectional reconciliation.
But this volume of essays by leading scholars of the Civil War era
offers a fresh and nuanced view of the eastern war's closing
chapter. Assessing events from the siege of Petersburg to the
immediate aftermath of Lee's surrender, Petersburg to
blends military, social, cultural, and political
history to reassess the ways in which the war ended and examines
anew the meanings attached to one of the Civil War's most
significant sites, Appomattox.
Contributors are Peter S. Carmichael, William W. Bergen, Susannah
J. Ural, Wayne Wei-Siang Hsieh, William C. Davis, Keith Bohannon,
Caroline E. Janney, Stephen Cushman, and Elizabeth R. Varon.