Monday, November 07, 2011

Battle of Hanover Court House reissued as softback.

Good news - The Battle of Hanover Court House: Turning Point of the Peninsula Campaign has recently been released in paperback.

Follow along as Federal general George B. McClellan advances north from the Peninsula and Irvin McDowell advances south from Washington, D. C., with orders to meet in Hanover County, Virginia. Sent to guard the railroad brigades in the area is the brigade of Brig. Gen. Lawrence Branch. His Tar Heel brigade is composed of the 7th, 18th, 28th, 33rd, and 37th Regiments of North Carolina Troops. These men, along with the 12th North Carolina State Troops and Latham's battery, pitch into the Federals of Fitz John Porter's V Corps. While the Confederates are heavily outnumbered, they fight valiantly, at times driving the Federals back. In the end, massive Federal reinforcements arrive and force the Tar Heels to retreat to Ashland, Virginia. Federal losses were 355; Confederate losses amounted to 798.

This is the only book-length treatment of the battle, and in 2007, won the Willie Parker Peace History Book Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians. You can order your signed copy today for $27.50 (plus shipping and handling) by visiting or through your local book seller.

As an aside, I've been contacted by some folks in the Hanover area about doing a tour of the area on May 27, 2012. Keep watching for more details.

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