Midwest Book Review of “One Continuous Fight”

My apologies to my readers for the lack of posting the past couple of weeks.  Two things have been demanding my attention lately (well, beside that dang thing – work – that keeps getting in my way!  First, One Continuous Fight is going into its second edition as we speak, and I’ve been doing some work on fixing some typos and other small revisions that needed to be done before it goes to the printer.  Secondly, I’m currently working on the final touches for my new book, set for release in mid-May 2009 and also published by Savas Beatie.  I will be revealing details about this book as time goes on and we get closer to release date.  I’m very excited about this project, and it’s a work I have been wanting to do for many years.

In the meantime, today a wonderful review of One Continuous Fight appeared on the book’s Amazon page, and I, Eric, and Mike are very humbled and appreciative of it.  It’s by Richard N. Larsen and we couldn’t be happier by such kind words:

This truly is a work of epic proportions

September 12, 2008

By Midwest Book Review

If you ever wondered what happened to Robert E. Lee’s army of northern Virginia in the ten days following its defeat at Gettysburg on Pennsylvania July 3, 1863, look no further than One Continuous Fight. Herein, Jeb Stuart is redeemed in the eyes of Lee for poor scouting reports prior to July 1st. Meade explains why he didn’t intercept Lee’s broken army during the retreat. Learn of the twenty or so skirmishes between Southern and Northern cavalry in places like Funkstown, Boonsboro and finally Falling Waters, suffer with the slow moving, 17 mile long Confederate wagon train carrying the wounded and the lame, including captured union soldiers for ten days from Gettysburg to Williamsport, Maryland.

Never before have I seen such broad range of resources, from diaries to documents, letters, newspaper accounts, military, civilians along the route of retreat, Confederate and Union.

This truly is work of epic proportions, taken on by three well known Civil War historians and experts on cavalry action. There is even a detailed modern driving tour for those of you who can still afford gasoline, from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to Williamsport, Maryland.

Richard N. Larsen
Reviewer

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  1. Great Review JD. I posted mine on my blog last week and forgot to email you. Sorry.

    …The second title that I would like to introduce you to today comes from a very familiar authoring duo (now a trio), who have also come up with a quality study on a far too neglected subject in the annals of military history: the retreat. With hundreds, more likely thousands of books already published on the glorious victories that took place on American battlefields, this book deals with the post-battle experiences of the downtrodden and defeated. Following the success of their critically acclaimed (and this reviewer’s favorite read of 2007) “Plenty of Blame to Go Around: JEB Stuart’s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg,” cavalry gurus Eric J. Wittenberg, and J. David Petruzzi, have teamed up with retired US Army Armored Cavalry Officer Michael Nugent to produce another winner focusing on the Gettysburg Campaign. “One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863” spotlights the ten-day retreat that Robert E. Lee’s battered and bruised Army of Northern Virginia conducted following their humbling defeat in Pennsylvania.

    While the rest of the world continues to remain wrapped-up in the three-day engagement that took place in Adams County from July 1-3, this historian trio presents the little-known events that took place from July 4-14, 1863. During that period there were over two-dozen skirmishes and fighting at locations such as: Granite Hill, Monterey Pass, Hagerstown, Williamsport, Funkstown, Boonsboro, and Falling Waters. With a compelling narrative that has become the collective style of Wittenberg and Petruzzi (and now Nugent), the reader is transported back in time to hop in the saddle with General JEB Stuart who was able to redeem his tardiness at Gettysburg by successfully defending the retreating column of Confederate casualties that stretched for over seventeen miles. An examination of Union General George Meade’s actions is also presented giving the book a nice balance between the North and South. As with their previous release this book is a treasure trove of rarely seen documents, letters, diaries, newspaper accounts, and was published using primary and secondary sources.

    For more on this unique title, please visit the official One Continuous Fight website.

  2. That’s just fabulous, Michael! Your praise means more to us than we could express. I’ve said it a million time before – when folks enjoy our writing it’s all worth it.

    Thanks so much.

    J.D.

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