“A particular strength of Blount’s confident narrative is its measured, thorough explanation of the events . . . Blount’s research is strong and his style lively . . . a genuinely enjoyable battle-book.”
—Blue & Gray Magazine, in praise of The Battles of New Hope Church
In no other battle of the Civil War is the lack of rapid communication more tragic than in the campaign for the city of Mobile, Alabama, in 1865. Hours after Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered, the Union efforts to capture the port ravaged a city that had remained nearly unscathed through five brutal years of war. Author Russell W. Blount, Jr. crafts a vivid narrative of his hometown during these desperate times as revealed through diaries, letters, and journals of those who lived through the turbulent siege of nearby Spanish Fort and the subsequent battle for Mobile.
Considered the last major battle of the Civil War, it is seen by many historians to be a punitive action by Union commanders who were loath to leave such a prize unconquered. Mobile’s value as a blockade-running port for the South was no longer a threat to the Union. By this time in the action, the city known as the “Paris of the South” remained primarily as a refuge for those who were exhausted by deprivation and hardship; their defenders were a ragtag band of soldiers holding on to fading strength, determined to protect the city against all odds. Their poignant defense of what was not only a battlefield but also their home front is as tragic as it was courageous. Blount provides an eyewitness account that brings us into Mobile in the last months of the war and allows a glimpse of what it must have been like for both civilians and the soldiers charged with defending them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After earning his BS in history from the University of South Alabama, Russell W. Blount, Jr. taught the subject at the high-school level. He is a member of the Civil War Preservation Trust, Historic Mobile Preservation Society, and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Blount is also the author of Clash at Kennesaw: June and July 1864 and The Battles of New Hope Church, both published by Pelican. He lives in Mobile, Alabama.
By Russell Blount, Jr.
HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
HISTORY / Military / United States
176 pp. 6 x 9
13 photos 4 illus. 3 maps Appendix Notes Biblio Index