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The Battle of the Crater - A Novel

Newt Gingrich

With The Battle of the Crater, New York Times bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen take readers to the center of a nearly forgotten Civil War confrontation, a battle that was filled with controversy and misinterpretation even before the attack began. Drawing on years of research, the authors weave a complex narrative interweaving the high aspirations of African American troops eager to prove themselves in battle and the anxiety of a President who knows the nation cannot bear another major defeat. June 1864: the Civil War is now into its fourth year of bloody conflict with no end in sight. The armies of the North are stalled in fetid trenches outside of Richmond and Atlanta, and the reelection of Abraham Lincoln to a second term seems doomed to defeat-a defeat that will set off the call for an end to the conflict, dismembering the Union and continuing slavery. Only one group of volunteers for the Union cause is still eager for battle. Nearly two hundred thousand men of color have swarmed the recruiting stations and are being mobilized into regiments known as the USCTs, the United States Colored Troops. General Ambrose Burnside, a hard luck commander out of favor with his superiors, is one of the few generals eager to bring a division of these new troops into his ranks. He has an ingenious plan to break Fort Pegram, the closest point on the Confederate line, defending Petersburg-the last defense of Richmond-by tunneling forward from the Union position beneath the fort to explode its defenses. Burnside needs the USCTs for one desperate rush that just might bring victory. The risks are high. Will Burnside be allowed to proceed or will interference from on high doom his plan to failure? The battleground drama unfolds through the eyes of James Reilly-famed artist, correspondent, and friend of Lincoln, who has been employed by the president to be his eyes and ears amongst the men, sending back an honest account of the front. In so doing, he befriends Sergeant Major Garland White of the 28th USCT

With The Battle of the Crater, New York Times bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen take readers to the center of a nearly forgotten Civil War confrontation, a battle that was filled with controversy and misinterpretation even before the attack began. Drawing on years of research, the authors weave a complex narrative interweaving the high aspirations of African American troops eager to prove themselves in battle and the anxiety of a President who knows the nation cannot bear another major defeat. June 1864: the Civil War is now into its fourth year of bloody conflict with no end in sight. The armies of the North are stalled in fetid trenches outside of Richmond and Atlanta, and the reelection of Abraham Lincoln to a second term seems doomed to defeat-a defeat that will set off the call for an end to the conflict, dismembering the Union and continuing slavery. Only one group of volunteers for the Union cause is still eager for battle. Nearly two hundred thousand men of color have swarmed the recruiting stations and are being mobilized into regiments known as the USCTs, the United States Colored Troops. General Ambrose Burnside, a hard luck commander out of favor with his superiors, is one of the few generals eager to bring a division of these new troops into his ranks. He has an ingenious plan to break Fort Pegram, the closest point on the Confederate line, defending Petersburg-the last defense of Richmond-by tunneling forward from the Union position beneath the fort to explode its defenses. Burnside needs the USCTs for one desperate rush that just might bring victory. The risks are high. Will Burnside be allowed to proceed or will interference from on high doom his plan to failure? The battleground drama unfolds through the eyes of James Reilly-famed artist, correspondent, and friend of Lincoln, who has been employed by the president to be his eyes and ears amongst the men, sending back an honest account of the front. In so doing, he befriends Sergeant Major Garland White of the 28th USCT
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With The Battle of the Crater, New York Times bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen take readers to the center of a nearly forgotten Civil War confrontation, a battle that was filled with controversy and misinterpretation even before the attack began. Drawing on years of research, the authors weave a complex narrative interweaving the high aspirations of African American troops eager to prove themselves in battle and the anxiety of a President who knows the nation cannot bear another major defeat. June 1864: the Civil War is now into its fourth year of bloody conflict with no end in sight. The armies of the North are stalled in fetid trenches outside of Richmond and Atlanta, and the reelection of Abraham Lincoln to a second term seems doomed to defeat-a defeat that will set off the call for an end to the conflict, dismembering the Union and continuing slavery. Only one group of volunteers for the Union cause is still eager for battle. Nearly two hundred thousand men of color have swarmed the recruiting stations and are being mobilized into regiments known as the USCTs, the United States Colored Troops. General Ambrose Burnside, a hard luck commander out of favor with his superiors, is one of the few generals eager to bring a division of these new troops into his ranks. He has an ingenious plan to break Fort Pegram, the closest point on the Confederate line, defending Petersburg-the last defense of Richmond-by tunneling forward from the Union position beneath the fort to explode its defenses. Burnside needs the USCTs for one desperate rush that just might bring victory. The risks are high. Will Burnside be allowed to proceed or will interference from on high doom his plan to failure? The battleground drama unfolds through the eyes of James Reilly-famed artist, correspondent, and friend of Lincoln, who has been employed by the president to be his eyes and ears amongst the men, sending back an honest account of the front. In so doing, he befriends Sergeant Major Garland White of the 28th USCT

Language:

English

Narrators:

William R. Forstchen, Albert S. Hanser, William Dufris

Length:

12h 13m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:44


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:28


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:49


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:40


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:55


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:31


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:12


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:46


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:41


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:31


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:34


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:22


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:25


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:41


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:37


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:21


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:34


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:33


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

09:06


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:22


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:47


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:44


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:58


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:00


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:58


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:20


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:30


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:04


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:49


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:48


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:20


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:24


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

09:17


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

09:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:01


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:37


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:12


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:47


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:04


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

09:48


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:45


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

09:18


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:51


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:45


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:12


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

09:10


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:23


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:58


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:38


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:00


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:50


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:51


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:20


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:55


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:05


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

09:43


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

09:37


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:42


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:37


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:27


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

09:15


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:08


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

09:18


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:52


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:28


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

09:32


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

09:41


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:36


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

09:40


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:17


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:38


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

09:17


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:53


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:58


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

09:27


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:55


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:51


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:42


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:48


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:44


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

00:23