The Damned of Petersburg
A Novel (The Battle Hymn Cycle #4)
New York Times bestselling author Ralph Peters returns with the fourth installment in his Boyd Award-winning, Battle Hymn series on the Civil War, The Damned of Petersburg.
Glory turned grim, and warfare changed forever. From the butchery of The Crater, where stunning success collapsed into a massacre, through near-constant battles fought by heat-stricken soldiers, to the crucial election of 1864, The Damned of Petersburg resurrects the American Civil War’s hard reality, as plumes and sabers gave way to miles of trenches.
Amid the slaughter of those fateful months, fabled leaders—Grant and Lee, Winfield Scott Hancock and A. P. Hill—turned to rising heroes, Confederates “Little Billy” Mahone and Wade Hampton, last of the cavaliers, or Union warriors such as tragedy-stricken Francis Channing Barlow and the fearless Nelson Miles, a general at twenty-four.
Nor does Ralph Peters forget the men in the ranks, the common soldiers who paid the price for the blunders of leaders who’d never know their names. In desperate battles, now forgotten, such as Deep Bottom, Globe Tavern and Reams Station, soldiers on both sides, pushed to the last human limits, fought on as their superiors struggled to master a terrible new age of warfare.
Praise For The Damned of Petersburg: A Novel (The Battle Hymn Cycle #4)…
“[A] deeply researched and beautifully written epic.” —Guy MacLean Rogers, Kenan Professor of Classics and History, Wellesley College, and author of Alexander: The Ambiguity of Greatness
“If Thucydides and Tolstoy together were commissioned to write a historical novel about the American Civil War, the result would be something like Ralph Peters’ The Damned of Petersburg. Combining unflinching Thucydidean realism about warfare with Tolstoyan empathy for humanity, Peters recreates the bloody Petersburg campaign through the eyes and in the words of the men who lived and died during it. Anyone who wants to understand why the Civil War is the defining event in American history should read this deeply researched and beautifully written epic.” —Guy MacLean Rogers, Kenan Professor of Classics and History, Wellesley College. Author of Alexander: The Ambiguity of Greatness
“Ralph Peters does it again! You are there in the trenches. You are there in the Crater. You are there in hell with The Damned of Petersburg, yet another brilliant addition to the best series of Civil War novels ever written.” —William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of Bound for Gold
“No one can come close to Peters’ unique combination of passion and pride and tragedy. I predict that The Damned of Petersburg will be a classic that people will read for the next fifty years.” —Thomas Fleming, author of The Secret Trial of Robert E. Lee
“In this excellent historical novel, Ralph Peters has brought to life the desperate fighting that flared around Petersburg and Richmond in the summer and autumn of 1864, the crisis of our Civil War. With fine maps, the gripping prose conveys how the fighting felt…a must-read for Civil War novice and aficionado alike.” —John Horn, author of The Siege of Petersburg
“Peters’ research is impeccable. His account of life in the trenches is told by the actual participants, from the common soldier to the higher-grade officers. Readers can only feel as if they were participants in that dirty, hot summer of 1864, with death constantly facing them.” —Chris Calkins, former National Park Historian at the Petersburg National Battlefield and author of The Appomattox Campaign
“Rich in detail and rendered with a literary flair, this is magnificent fiction that Civil War buffs will want for their libraries.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Forge Books, 9780765374080, 544pp.
Publication Date: July 30, 2019