Eric Wittenberg, Mike Nugent and I were very flattered recently with some kind words from two very respected Civil War historians about our most recent book, set for release by Savas Beatie in May 2008. Eric and I have both blogged about the book in anticipation of its publication, but I thought I’d post a few quotes here from these two respected fellows.
Authors Eric J. Wittenberg, J. David Petruzzi, and Michael F. Nugent have brought together an impressive array of primary materials, so that much of the action unfolds in the words of those who were there. An important extra dimension is added by the driving tours that accompany the narrative text. History is not an armchair pastime, and following in the footsteps of the commanders and their men provides wonderful opportunities for a personal linking of yesterday with the present. It opens the way to a vicarious appreciation of how everyday people passed through one of the seminal events in the making of the United States. To stand where they stood, to see something of what they saw, adds immeasurable value to the weight of their words and memories. The authors of this book have taken the time and care to get the story right and the tour directions correct; I encourage you to take full advantage of both.
– Noah Andre Trudeau, Civil War Historian and Author
[Eric, J.D., and Mike have] trekked many times on the back roads with me and followed my suggestions on seeking out sources and making corrections when needed. Even more this merry band of Retreatistas has combed the countryside more thoroughly than Albert Jenkins’ cavalry in order to bring us scores of previously unpublished soldier accounts of the retreat. Now, in this scholarly study you will be able to read about Monterey Pass, where two Medals of Honor were earned. By the way, next to the Battle of Gettysburg, this was probably the largest and bloodiest Civil War action in Pennsylvania. You will find out about the actions at Hagerstown, Williamsport, Funkstown, Boonsboro and Falling Waters. At these places the old saw “who ever saw a dead cavalryman?” was proven to be a lie. The enormous amount of vivid first hand accounts gleaned from letters and diaries that are to be found in this book will illuminate and bring to life the events that took place at these now forgotten landmarks along the roads from Gettysburg. The driving/walking tour section alone is worth the price of this book. Be prepared to drive off of the beaten path to places never before seen by most Civil War students. [This book] is one of the most original, most deeply researched, and scholarly works to come out on the Civil War in many years. With it, Civil Warriors can finally make some sense out of the tangled series of events that occurred during the ten days after the Battle of Gettysburg.
– Ted Alexander, Chief Historian, Antietam Battlefield and Gettysburg Retreat Expert
Andy has graciously written the Preface that will appear in the book, and Ted provided the Forward. We can’t thank these two gentlemen enough and we appreciate their endorsements.