Picture taken at Civil War re-enactment
Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Grant and Lee

Back in 2004 we went to a re-enactment of the fighting at the Bloody Angle. The photograph above is one I took of the re-enactment. The book that I’m currently reading is In the Footsteps of Grant and Lee: The Wilderness Through Cold Harbor by Gordon C. Rhea with photographs by Chris E. Heisey.

I have a special interest in this because we decided to move here partly because of Grant. I’d been reading his memoirs, and I’d also read Gust Front, in which John Ringo destroys Fredericksburg, and remembering that the VRE (a commuter train) runs from the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania area decided to check real estate prices down here.

Rhea is the author of four massive books about the Overland Campaign that took place from early May to mid-June in 1864. His prose is livelier than you would expect from his profession (lawyer), and he is generally engaging and interesting. Heisey’s photographs are spectacular.

Next up is Exodus. This will be a return to the St. John’s reading list.