Praise for Meade and Lee After Gettysburg
What we know about the operations of Robert E. Lee's and George Gordon Meade's armies from the time they recrossed the Potomac River after Gettysburg to when they came to rest in and around Orange and Culpeper Counties in Virginia is negligible. Jeffrey Hunt has stepped in to masterfully fill that yawning gap. In his carefully researched and beautifully written Meade and Lee After Gettysburg, Hunt-for the first time-offers a remarkable glimpse, incorporating incredible detail, of the two weeks of maneuver and combat through places like Shepherdstown, Loudoun Valley, Wapping Heights, Culpeper, and many other sites. I absolutely love it and heartily recommend it.
- Kent Masterson Brown, author of Retreat From Gettysburg: Lee, Logistics, and the Pennsylvania Campaign
The period between Gettysburg and the Wilderness Campaign in May 1864 is one of the least explored aspects of the Civil War. Jeffrey Hunt's impressive new study fills this gap in the literature, demonstrating why Union forces failed to follow through on their success at Gettysburg and highlighting the remarkable resiliency of Lee's Confederate army. Even veteran readers will find much fresh material in this narrative.
- Gary W. Gallagher, award-winning author and Nau Professor of History, University of Virginia
Meade and Lee After Gettysburg is a blast of fresh air for Civil War students. Hunt demonstrates conclusively that the Gettysburg Campaign did not end with Lee's crossing of the Potomac on July 14, but on August 1 along the Rappahannock line deep in Virginia. This interpretation is original and thoroughly convincing.
- Bryce A. Suderow, co-author (with Edwin C. Bearss) of The Petersburg Campaign (2 vols.)
Jeffrey Hunt's Meade and Lee After Gettysburg is the first detailed modern tactical treatment of the two weeks after the 'official' end of the Gettysburg Campaign, and focuses particularly on the cavalry battle at Harpers Ferry on July 15 and the fighting at Manassas Gap on July 23-24. This book, the first of three on the fall 1863 campaigns between Lee and Meade, sets the stage for the harder campaigning that fall and is essential to understanding those campaigns. For students interested in what happened after the armies crossed the Potomac River, this is a must-read.
- Eric J. Wittenberg, award-winning co-author of One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863
Finally, someone has addressed the gap in the scholarship between July 14 and August 1, 1863! Hunt describes in detail the opportunities for engagement that Lee's retreat into the Shenandoah Valley presented Meade's army, and how some of the 'risk averse' Union generals failed to engage the Rebels until it was too late. It is all reminiscent of what had taken place at Williamsport just a few days earlier, and was destined to repeat itself in the coming months.
- Thomas J. Ryan, award-winning author of Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign
The true meaning of the events of the last half of July 1863 in northern Virginia are explored in detail for the first time and their importance (potential or otherwise) convincingly presented. The volume is highly recommended, and certainly whets one's appetite for the final two books in the trilogy.
- Civil War Books and Authors
This is the book which should be read after reading any work about the seminal battle of Gettysburg. The narrative is striking, the maps are well drawn and beautiful, and the research is top notch.
- Gettysburg Chronicle