Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Fredericksburg Campaign: Winter War on the Rappahannock by Frank O'Reilly

This is the definitive book on The Battle of Fredericksburg. Incredibly detailed, exhaustively researched, and vivid in its description of the horrors of war. In a lot of ways, it’s the ultimate anti-war book. I can’t imagine reading this and thinking the carnage is cool. Although it delves deep into the minutia of troop level movements and battle strategy, Frank’s writing style keeps you completely engaged, and his extensive use of directly quoted accounts from the participants brings a real humanity to this 150 year old battle. Also, if you are ever in Fredericksburg and have the opportunity to take a tour of the battlefields led by Frank, don’t skip the chance.

1 comment:

Charlie Kondek said...

Aw, man, great to see a contribution from you, Chris! You know, I was just witnessing a friendly argument about Lee and Grant the other day and trying to line up some more reading. This looks like an excellent choice (though it won't settle the Lee Grant argument).