My sixth book in the mapping series has been published! The Maps of Fredericksburg could be my best work yet, but then I say that about all of my books when they first appear.
This volume is about the same length of most of the others– about 125 full-color maps with accompanying text. The publisher has actually lowered the retail price from $39.95 to $37.95. You can get it cheaper from Amazon. I can also sell you a personally inscribed copy at a lower price than retail. Just email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Like all of the campaign studies I’ve completed, I learned so much. What stands out about this campaign is:
- Burnside’s reluctance to assume command of the Army of the Potomac
- The problems with securing enough pontoon boats to bridge the Rappahannock River
- Burnside’s muddled plans to attack Lee on the heights behind and below Fredericksburg
- The utter senseless destruction of Fredericksburg by the Union artillery and infantry
- How close Meade and Gibbon’s divisions came to successfully piercing the Confederate line
- How 21 Union brigades could be thrown against Marye’s Heights in succession
I am finishing up the Maps of the Cavalry at Gettysburg and the Maps of Spotsylvania (including North Anna and Cold Harbor). More on these in future posts. The next new map project will be the Maps of the Petersburg/Appomattox Campaign. Oh, and I am working with Sean Chick on a Maps of the Shiloh Campaign. He is doing the text and I am completing the maps.