The Last Full Measure: A Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy)

By Jeff Shaara

Within the Pulitzer prize–winning vintage The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara created the best Civil warfare novel of our time. within the bestselling Gods and Generals, Shaara’s son, Jeff, brilliantly sustained his father’s imaginative and prescient, telling the epic tale of the occasions culminating within the conflict of Gettysburg. Now, Jeff Shaara brings this mythical father-son trilogy to its lovely end in a unique that brings to existence the ultimate years of the Civil War.
As The final complete Measure opens, Gettysburg is prior and the conflict advances to its 3rd brutal yr. at the Union part, the gulf among the politicians in Washington and the generals within the box yawns ever wider. by no means has the bulky Union military so desperately wanted a decisive, hard-nosed chief. it's at this severe second that Lincoln areas Ulysses S. supply in command—and turns the tide of war.
For Robert E. Lee, Gettysburg used to be an unspeakable disaster—compounded via the shattering lack of the fiery Stonewall Jackson months earlier than. Lee understands higher than an individual that the South can't continue to exist a battle of attrition. yet with the complete devotion of his generals—Longstreet, Hill, Stuart—and his dependable religion in God, Lee is set to struggle to the sour end.
the following too is Joshua Chamberlain, the varsity professor who emerged because the Union hero of Gettysburg—and who will upward push to develop into one of many maximum figures of the Civil War.
conflict through wonderful conflict, Shaara dramatizes the escalating disagreement among Lee and Grant—complicated, heroic, deeply males. From the high priced conflict of the barren region to the agonizing siege of Petersburg to Lee’s epoch-making quit at Appomattox, Shaara portrays the riveting end of the Civil warfare in the course of the minds and hearts of the people who gave their final complete measure.
packed with human ardour and the spellbinding fact of background, The final complete Measure is the proper capstone to an impressive literary trilogy.

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In may well 1863, at Chancellorsville, Lee is outnumbered approximately 3 to at least one, and merely by way of the utter audacity of Stonewall Jackson does the large Federal military retire from the sphere with nice loss. however the conflict is expensive for Lee to boot. Jackson is by accident shot via his personal males, and dies after a weeklong fight with pneumonia. Lee and Davis proceed to think circulate northward is vital, that with weakened self assurance and inept commanders, the Federal military want simply be driven into one nice conflict that would most likely finish the battle. In June 1863, Lee’s military marches into Pennsylvania. He believes nice struggle will possibly not also be beneficial, that simply the specter of spilling blood on northern soil will positioned nice strain on Washington, and the battle could be delivered to an finish through the voice of the northern humans. The invasion of the North will serve one other objective: to take the struggle into fertile farmlands the place Lee may feed his more and more determined military. a few in Lee’s military query the method, elevating the ethical query of ways to justify an invasion as opposed to protecting their houses. Others query the army judgment of entering into strange territory, opposed to an enemy that hasn't ever been encouraged through battling by itself floor. There are different elements that Lee needs to confront. although he's in my opinion devastated via the dying of Jackson, Jackson’s loss potential extra to his military than Lee absolutely is aware. because the invasion strikes north, Lee is left blind through his cavalry, lower than the flowery command of Jeb Stuart. Stuart fails to supply Lee with severe information regarding the enemy and is bring to an end from Lee past the march of the Federal military, a military that's relocating to confront Lee with uncharacteristic velocity. The Federal military of the Potomac has yet one more new commander, George Gordon Meade, and if Lee is familiar with Meade to be a cautious guy, wary in his new command, he additionally understands that there are numerous different Federal officials now emerging to the head, males who're no longer political pawns yet in truth tough and potent warring parties. the 2 armies collide at a small crossroads known as Gettysburg, a struggle for which Lee isn't really but ready, and the struggle turns into the 3 bloodiest days in American heritage. As high priced because it is to either armies, it's a transparent defeat for Lee. He had believed his military couldn't be stopped, and starts now to appreciate what Jackson’s loss may possibly mean—that because the struggle is going on, and the great males proceed to fall away, the conflict will settle seriously on his personal shoulders. JOSHUA LAWRENCE CHAMBERLAIN Born in 1828 close to Brewer, Maine, he's the oldest of 5 little ones. He graduates Bowdoin collage in 1852, and impresses all who be aware of him together with his mind, his present for phrases and skill for languages. he's raised via a deeply spiritual mom, whose maximum want is that he turn into a guy of the material, and for a short time Chamberlain attends the Bangor Theological Seminary, however it isn't a dedication he could make. His father’s ancestry is army. Chamberlain’s great-grandfather fought within the Revolution, his grandfather within the struggle of 1812.

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