"No One Wants to be the Last to Die"

The Battles of Appomattox, April 8-9, 1865

Chris Calkins

This groundbreaking study chronicles the final battles in Virginia including Appomattox Station and Appomattox Court House in April 1865. It has been completely revised and updated from its earlier work.
Date Published :
April 2023
Publisher :
Savas Beatie
Editor :
Robert M. Dunkerly
Language:
English
Illustration :
70 images, 20 maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781611216165
Pages : 264
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order
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$19.95

Overview
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This groundbreaking study chronicles the final battles in Virginia including Appomattox Station and Appomattox Court House in April 1865. Author Chris Calkins, who recently retired as Chief of Interpretation at Petersburg National Battlefield, is widely recognized as the war’s foremost authority on Appomattox.

No One Wants to be the Last to Die: The Battles of Appomattox, April 8-9, 1865 leads readers westward from the fall of Petersburg and Richmond through the final battles at Dinwiddie Court House, Five Forks, Sutherland Station, Namozine Church, Amelia Springs, High Bridge, Sailor’s Creek, Cumberland Church, and finally, Appomattox Station and Appomattox Court House. Calkins, whose knowledge of the sources and the countryside through which this drama unfolds, is unsurpassed, has completely revised and updated this edition of his earlier work published decades ago as part of the H. E. Howard Virginia Battles and Leaders Series. Readers will welcome its return to print.

About The Author
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Chris Calkins worked at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, ending his career as Chief of Interpretation at Petersburg National Battlefield. He also was the first full-time Park Manager of Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park. His is the author of a dozen publications and many articles, and was popular on the speaking circuit. Chris received the 2014 Award of Merit “for his dedication to preserving the Civil War battlefield landscape of Virginia” from the American Association for State and Local History, one of only three Virginians to receive this award. In 2020, he was bestowed with the Edwin C. Bearss Lifetime Achievement Award for extraordinary work in historic preservation.

The Detroit native graduated from Longwood College (now University) in Farmville, Virginia, and lives in a restored 18th-century Georgian home in Petersburg’s Old Town Historic District.

Robert M. (Bert) Dunkerly is a historian, award-winning author, and speaker who is actively involved in historic preservation and research. He works as a park ranger at Richmond National Battlefield Park. Among his books are three in the ECW Series: To the Bitter End: Appomattox, Bennett Place, and the Surrenders of the Confederacy; No Turning Back: A Guide to the 1864 Overland Campaign; and Embattled Capital: A Guide to Richmond During the Civil War. He also blogs for Emerging Civil War and Emerging Revolutionary War Era (www.emergingcivilwar.com and www.emergingrevolutionarywar.org).

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