Monday, June 3, 2013; 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Bangor Public Library, 145, Harlow Street, Bangor, ME
Contact: PR; 207 947 8336
Command Conflicts in Grant’s Overland Campaign
Holden- based author, Diane Monroe Smith, will talk about her latest book and be available for book signings.
The book follows the men of the 5th Corps and the Army of the Potomac through the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor, with the army condemned to moving blindly through enemy territory without the benefit of cavalry scouting or screening. It considers the lost opportunities of June 1864, when Grant’s masterly movement of the Army of the Potomac across the James to confront the enemy at Petersburg should have ended in victory and the fall of Richmond.
Bungling and complacency doomed the attacks on Petersburg’s fortifications, and instead of victory, the battered Federals faced a drawn-out siege, and another 10 months of war. Finally, the author considers what happened to a number of the prominent Federal participants in the Overland Campaign during the last year of the war and after. Many of those who lied and cheated their way to the top became government leaders and the authors of policy for years to come.
This event is free and open to all.