“Robert Alexander’s Five Forks is a splendid and intriguing study of the South’s Waterloo. I can’t recommend too highly this book that so clearly belongs in anyone’s permanent Civil War collection. The prose is improbably lucid and lovely.” —Jim Harrison “Alexander’s purpose is not to furnish us with another tactic account of the Battle of Five Forks, fought April 1, 1865, but rather to entwine a narrative of those events which led up to this climatic battle of theCivil War known as ‘the Waterloo of the Confederacy.’ With the generous use of primary sources, from commanding generals to the common soldier, he interweaves their stories in telling how the two contending armies got to Petersburg, along with providing a lively discussion on how the war actually came to be. It is thought-provoking read and recommend for all who enjoy this period in America’s history.” —Chris Calkins, Historian, Petersburg, Virginia “I have read a range of work from Hart Crane and Walt Whitman to contemporary writers. Five Forks stands with the best of them, an original and imaginative creation the structure of which —part narrative, part poetry, part history, part journal—sets it apart and heightens its appeal.” —Marie Harris, New Hampshire Poet Laureate 1999-2004
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