Spring 1865


Spring 1865

The Closing Campaigns of the Civil War

Perry D. Jamieson

Great Campaigns of the Civil War Series

320 pages
15 illustrations, 14 maps


April 2015


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April 2015


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April 2015


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About the Book

When Gen. Robert E. Lee fled from Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia, in April 1865, many observers did not realize that the Civil War had reached its nadir. A large number of Confederates, from Jefferson Davis down to the rank-and-file, were determined to continue fighting. Though Union successes had nearly extinguished the Confederacy’s hope for an outright victory, the South still believed it could force the Union to grant a negotiated peace that would salvage some of its war aims. As evidence of the Confederacy’s determination, two major Union campaigns, along with a number of smaller engagements, were required to quell the continued organized Confederate military resistance.

In Spring 1865 Perry D. Jamieson juxtaposes for the first time the major campaign against Lee that ended at Appomattox and Gen. William T. Sherman’s march north through the Carolinas, which culminated in Gen. Joseph E. Johnston’s surrender at Bennett Place. Jamieson also addresses the efforts required to put down armed resistance in the Deep South and the Trans-Mississippi. As both sides fought for political goals following Lee’s surrender, these campaigns had significant consequences for the political-military context that shaped the end of the war as well as Reconstruction.

Author Bio

Perry D. Jamieson is senior historian emeritus of the U.S. Air Force. He is the coauthor of Attack and Die: Civil War Military Tactics and the Southern Heritage and the author of Crossing the Deadly Ground: United States Army Tactics, 1865–1899.


"A valuable addition to Civil War historiography."Nathan Marzoli, Military Review

"The true value of this book is Jamieson's in-depth portrayal of the armies and their leaders, heroes and fools as they struggled to the bitter end."—Kirkus

"Jamieson covers the many facets of his history with extraordinary precision and verve, offering rich biographical detail, solid research, appropriate maps and illustrations, and spot-on analysis."—John Carver Edwards, Library Journal

"Readers looking for an authoritative single volume on the campaigns that ended the Civil War will want to consider Spring 1865. Jamieson proves himself an able master of the narrative who never discards his penchant for strong analysis. As a balanced synthesis of the best interpretations available, it is a welcome addition to the "Great Campaigns" series."Zachery A. Fry, Civil War Book Review

"This book is well worth your time."Larry T. Balsamo, Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

"Jamieson should be applauded for his work in synthesizing not just the most recent scholarship but also these important campaigns, which benefit equally by being viewed together."Jeremiah DeGennaro, Gettysburg Magazine

"This book is highly recommended to any student of the Civil War."Mark L. Bradley, Army History

"An engaging synthesis of the Civil War's closing campaigns in the eastern and western theaters. . . . This is a fine contribution to the Great Campaigns of the Civil War series."—Jennifer M. Murray, Historian

“The last spring of the Civil War witnessed a series of compelling episodes that assured Union triumph after four tumultuous years that reshaped the republic. Perry D. Jamieson does full justice to the unfolding drama in a narrative rich in biographical detail, perceptive analysis, and scrupulous attention to the geographical sweep of the story.”—Gary W. Gallagher, John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia and author of The Union War

“An engaging narrative of how the final six months played out and the military and political decisions that led to the final outcome. . . . Crisp, page-turning.”—Judkin Browning, author of The Seven Days’ Battles: The War Begins Anew

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Maps



Series Editors’ Introduction

1. Terrible Times of Shipwreck

2. Fort Fisher and Wilmington

3. In the Carolinas

4. Bentonville

5. Late Winter at Petersburg

6. The Fall of Petersburg

7. To Sailor’s Creek

8. Spring Morning

9. A Scrap of Paper

10. Scattered Embers


Bibliographic Essay


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