The Battle of New Market in the Shenandoah Valley suffers from no lack of drama, interest, or importance. The ramifications of the May 1864 engagement, which involved only 10,000 troops, were substantial. Previous studies, however, focused on the Confederate side of the story. David Powell’s Union Command Failure in the Shenandoah: Major General Franz Sigel and the War in the Valley of Virginia, May 1864 provides the balance that has so long been needed.Union General Ulysses S. Grant regarded a spring campaign in the Valley of Virginia as integral to his overall strategy designed to turn Robert E. Lee’s strategic western flank, deny his Army of Northern Virginia much needed supplies, and prevent other Confederates from reinforcing Lee. It fell to Union general and German transplant Franz Sigel to execute Grant’s strategy in the northern reaches of the Shenandoah while Maj. Gen. George Crook struck elsewhere in southwestern Virginia. Sigel’s record in the field was checkered at best, and he was not Grant’s first choice to lead the effort, but a combination of politics and other factors left the German in command.Sigel met Confederate Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge and his small army on May 15 just outside the crossroads town of New Market. The hard-fought affair hung in the balance until finally the Union lines broke, and Sigel’s Yankees fled the field. Breckinridge’s command included some 300 young men from the Virginia Military Institute’s Corps of Cadets. VMI’s presence and dramatic role in the fighting ensured that New Market would never be forgotten, but pushed other aspects of this interesting and important campaign into the back seat of history.Award-winning author David Powell’s years of archival and other research provides an outstanding foundation for this outstanding study. Previous works have focused on the Confederate side of the battle, using Sigel’s incompetence as sufficient excuse to explain why th 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Neufeld. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/145018/bk_acx0_145018_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Shenandoah Valley 1862:Stonewall Jackson outmaneuvers the Union Clayton Donnell
Aberdeen´s Union Terrace Gardens:War and Peace in the Denburn Valley Diane Morgan
Based in a mining village in Wales at the turn of the 19th century, How Green Was My Valley catches the impossible dilemmas that were created in society´s irreversible shift from pastoral to industrial through Huw, the youngest son of seven. Loyalty, education, economics and manhood are examined in this pre union tightly knit mining community. Sentimentalised with lots of atmosphere this is a moving account of an important chapter in British history that affects every corner of the world. Our Hollywood Stage presentation stars Walter Pidgeon. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Walter Pidgeon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/copy/000041/bk_copy_000041_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New York Times best-selling author Ralph Peters returns with the third installment in his award-winning series on the Civil War. In the Valley of the Shadow, they wrote their names in blood. From a daring Confederate raid that nearly seized Washington, DC, to a stunning reversal on the bloody fields of Cedar Creek, the summer and autumn of 1864 witnessed some of the fiercest fighting of our Civil War, in mighty battles now all but forgotten. The desperate struggle for mastery of Virginia´s Shenandoah Valley, breadbasket of the Confederacy and the South´s key invasion route into the North, pitted a remarkable cast of heroes in blue and gray against each other: runty, rough-hewn Philip Sheridan, a Union general with an uncanny gift for inspiring soldiers; Jubal Early, his Confederate counterpart, stubborn, raw mouthed, and deadly; the dashing Yankee boy-general George Armstrong Custer; and the brilliant, courageous John Brown Gordon, a charismatic Georgian who lived one of the era´s greatest love stories. From hungry, hard-bitten Rebel privates to a pair of Union officers destined to become presidents; from a neglected hero who saved our nation´s capital and went on to write one of his century´s greatest novels to doomed Confederate leaders of incomparable valor, Ralph Peters brings to life yesteryear´s giants and their breathtaking battles with the same authenticity, skill, and insight he offered readers in his prizewinning Civil War best sellers Cain at Gettysburg and Hell or Richmond. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Berkrot. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/007581/bk_blak_007581_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Valley Thunder is the first full-length account in more than three decades to examine the combat at New Market on May 15, 1864 - the battle that opened the pivotal 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign.Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, who set in motion the wide-ranging operation to subjugate the South in 1864, intended to attack the Confederacy on multiple fronts so it could no longer ´´take advantage of interior lines´´. One of the keys to success in the Eastern Theater was control of the Shenandoah Valley, a strategically important and agriculturally abundant region that helped feed Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Grant tasked Maj. Gen. Franz Sigel, a German immigrant with a mixed fighting record, and a motley collection of units numbering some 10,000 men to clear the Valley and threaten Lee’s left flank. Opposing Sigel was John C. Breckinridge, a former vice president. Included within the ranks of his 4,500-man army were cadets from the Virginia Military Institute under the direction of VMI Commandant of Cadets Lt. Col. Scott Ship, who had marched eighty miles in just four days to fight Sigel.When the two armies faced, Breckinridge boldly announced, ´´I shall advance on him. We can attack and whip them here and we will do it!” As the general rode by the cadets he shouted, ´´Gentlemen, I trust I will not need your services today; but if I do, I know you will do your duty”.The Confederate victory drove Union forces from the Valley, but they would return, reinforced and under new leadership, within a month. Before being repulsed, these Federals would march over the field at New Market and capture Staunton, burn VMI in Lexington (partly in retaliation for the cadets’ participation at New Market), and very nearly capture Lynchburg. Operations in the Valley on a much larger scale that summer would permanently sweep the Confederates from the ´´Bread Basket of the Confederacy´´.Valley Thunder: The Battle of New 1. Language: English. Narrator: John B Leen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/146998/bk_acx0_146998_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Bubble Valley is introduced through the eyes of four major characters. Billy Waters, a 12-year-old Spanish boy who had the unfortunate luck of growing up in a ´´Union´´ prison with his parents, who committed a heinous crime. When Billy´s parents´ death sentence is carried out, he is sent to live with his grandfather and family in Tangerine Park, Florida. Billy is lost in the world without his parents and the only life he´d ever known, until he´s introduced to his cousin Manny´s secret hideout and the mysterious Mr. Caytoe. Ru-Ado is a 13-foot tall albino Sasquatch inhabiting the land on the outskirts of Mt. Shasta, California with his extended family. Ru-Ado unintentionally causes the death of his father Ado-Han´s brother, Sho-Ana-Do, by two local hunters after they squabble about hunting protocol. Ru-Ado is banished from his tribe to find his way in life. Takeshi Nakano, a 17-year-old baseball phenom and only son to Hiro Nakano, New Japan´s most gloried player, is destined for a job playing World League Baseball until his universe changes over night after an unfortunate encounter that tests him like never before. Alone and desperate in the forest, he is forced to survive off of the land. Takeshi questions his life and the choices that were made for him and has the opportunity to change everything as long as he has the courage. Tem is a 15-foot-warrior of the Anak tribe in Bubble Valley. He is the running champion of the Bubble Valley games and pride of his pyramid city in the middle of the Earth. Tem is caught on ego as he chases his grandfather, Ishmael, into the unguarded and dangerous forests that surround his ancient society of giants and learns a hard lesson. 1. Language: English. Narrator: C.C. Corry. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/083909/bk_acx0_083909_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The second volume in Britannia’s Fist, a remarkable trilogy of alternative history.A Rainbow of Blood continues the epic, exciting story that began in Peter G. Tsouras’s previous alternate history, Britannia’s Fist. The Great War accelerates during a few desperate weeks in October 1863. From the bayous of Louisiana to the green hills of the Hudson Valley, from Chicago in flames to the gates of Washington itself, the conflict uncoils in ropes of fire. French and British armies are on the march, and heavy reinforcements have put to sea. Copperheads have risen in revolt to drag the Midwest into the Confederacy as a vital Union army stands starving and under siege in Tennessee.The Union staggers under these blows. While the Grenadier Guards march into glory in upstate New York’s apple orchards, from the second story of a shot-up Washington hotel Abraham Lincoln watches a forest of the red flags of rebellion waving over a Confederate column rushing across the Long Bridge. To stop them is a war-worn regiment of New York soldiers. To their backs Washington burns. But new technologies and the art of intelligence are thrown onto the scales, while Russia plans to enter the war to avenge its humiliation in the Crimean War.A Rainbow of Blood brings forward the Great War from its outbreak to the first great crisis of the embattled republic. Peopled with remarkable personalities of the age, the book rattles with the tramp of armies marching down one of the most intriguing roads not taken - or even imagined - until now. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Holsopple. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017815/bk_adbl_017815_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.