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Battle of Big Bethel

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Crucial Clash in Early Civil War Virginia

J. Michael Cobb, Edward B. Hicks, Wythe Holt

Format: Hardback, 312 pages
Price: 27.95
ISBN: 978-1-61121-116-0
eBook: 978-1-61121-117-7
On Sale: October 2013

140 images, 5 maps

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The Battle of Big Bethel: Crucial Clash in Early Civil War Virginia by J. Michael Cobb, Ed Hicks, and Wythe Holt is the first full-length treatment of the small but consequential June 1861 battle that reshaped both Northern and Southern perceptions about what lay in store for the divided nation. In the spring of 1861, many people in the North and South imagined that the Civil War would be short and nearly bloodless. The first planned engagement of the war at Big Bethel, however, provided undeniable evidence of just how wrong popular opinion could be. Read More...



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About the Author

J. Michael Cobb

J. Michael Cobb received an M.A. in American Studies from the College of William and Mary. He was the founding Curator of the Hampton History Museum, which he has served for 28 years. Read More...


Edward B. Hicks

Following his graduation from Arkansas State University, Edward B. Hicks worked for more than three decades as a newspaper advertising executive while maintaining an intense interest in the Civil War. Read More...


Wythe Holt

Wythe Holt received a J.D. and a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Virginia. Read More...


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