Overland Best Books/Web Materials on the Overland Campaign

(Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor)

TexasRick

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Sep 5, 2013
Location
Austin, TX
Not to add another to the list but "Lee's Army During the Overland Campaign" by Young makes for an interesting read. Also works on the events leading up to the Overland Campaign such as Bristoe Station, Mine Run, Rappahanock Station, etc etc.
 

bschulte

Sergeant
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Jul 31, 2005
Don't forget Theodore Lyman's letters. Originally titled, Meade's Headquarters, it was re-released as With Grant and Meade from the Wilderness to Appomattox with an Introduction by Brooks Simpson.

http://www.amazon.com/With-Grant-Meade-Wilderness-Appomattox-ebook/dp/B00CLFESPA

Lyman is a good one. Here's the free link to the Google Books version:

http://books.google.com/books?id=BC2pPnUJJsEC

Also, Lyman kept detailed notebooks from his time with Meade. Kent State University published these notebooks not too long ago. The detail is amazing and the price is pretty reasonable. You can get a used copy for under $10:

Meade’s Army: The Private Notebooks of Lt. Col. Theodore Lyman
 

ole

Brev. Brig. Gen'l
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Feb 20, 2005
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Near Kankakee
Looks like you bit off a big chaw to chew on. Wade through Rhea first. Then you can get to the others.
 

Pat Young

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Long Island, NY

Malingerer

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Nov 15, 2013
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Cullowhee, NC
Blue and Gray magazine has produced five issues dedicated exclusively to the battle of Spotsylvania and contain some material not present in Rhea's work - not to mention in depth tour info.
 

Drew

Major
Joined
Oct 22, 2012
I'm confused (as usual) by a lot of this - if I want to read one, good book about the Overland Campaign, which would it be? If multiple volumes are required, does one start with Rhea or Bearss?
 

Pat Young

Brev. Brig. Gen'l
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Long Island, NY
I'm confused (as usual) by a lot of this - if I want to read one, good book about the Overland Campaign, which would it be? If multiple volumes are required, does one start with Rhea or Bearss?
I have finished the first three in Rhea and I am half-way through Cold Harbor. All are very well-done.
 

Jamieva

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Feb 7, 2006
Location
Midlothian, VA
I'm confused (as usual) by a lot of this - if I want to read one, good book about the Overland Campaign, which would it be? If multiple volumes are required, does one start with Rhea or Bearss?

In my opinion if you want a 1 volume work I would start with Bloody Roads South by Trudeau. Then I would graduate to Rhea's books which each volume is one of the major engagements.
 
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