A Melancholy Affair at the Weldon Railroad: The Vermont Brigade, June 23, 1864

By: Cross, David Faris

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Hardcover with dust jacket, blue cloth with gilt spine titles, 15 by 23.5 cm, xxix 267 pp. plus 3 pages of publisher ads., illus. Very good condition with minor bumping at the spine ends and a few tiny specks on the fore-edge of the textblock. There is a small puncture hole near the gutter towards the bottom on three leaves near the start of the book – some sort of binding error. The dust jacket is very good with light rubbing and edge wear. From the publisher: “A Melancholy Affair at the Weldon Railroad examines what occurred on a single afternoon to a brigade of Vermonters during the last year of the Civil War, and why it happened. Vermont, though a small, rural state, contributed far beyond its size and wealth to preserve the Union in the struggle of the Civil War. The worst moment and greatest sacrifice for Vermont was the disaster that befell the proud Vermont Brigade of the Army of the Potomac on June 23, 1864-forever "Black Thursday" in the Green Mountain State. Cowardliness, negligence and inept behavior by multiple officers resulted in the needless capture of more than four hundred Vermonters by the Confederates at the Petersburg & Weldon Railroad south of Petersburg, Virginia. The enlisted men were sent to Andersonville and later to other Confederate prisons where 60 percent of them perished. Many of the survivors came home mere wrecks of men. Exactly what occurred at the Weldon Railroad-what went wrong and who was to blame-is thoroughly examined for the first time. The Vermonters' Andersonville experience is studied to understand the cause of the lethal statistics, and the performance of the Confederate and Federal commanders is assessed. The debacle at the Weldon Railroad explains much about the problems confronting Ulysses S. Grant in his attempt to crush the Army of Northern Virginia and end the war in 1864. The story of the suffering endured by the four hundred Vermonters captured at the Weldon Railroad is a tale of remarkable courage and devotion to country.”

Title: A Melancholy Affair at the Weldon Railroad: The Vermont Brigade, June 23, 1864

Author Name: Cross, David Faris

Categories: Civil War,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Shippensburg, PA, White Mane Books: 2003

ISBN Number: 1572493321

ISBN Number 13: 9781572493322

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 3581