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Posted by: formwiz OK, going out on a limb here, but would anyone be interested in all the maneuvering around the end of the war? I'm talking about not only about Appomattox I mean Jefferson Davis' plan to set up a National Redoubt (if you will) in the Blue Ridge Mountains and drag out the war for 20 years Joe Johnston's surrender to Sherman (and the friendship that grew from it) Edward Canby's "Let's do lunch" negotiation with Bedford Forrest and Richard Taylor (a good chance to introduce Osprey readers to Taylor, a man much esteemed by his peers) Simon Buckner's surrender to Canby, Kirby Smith's flight to Cuba (and the reasons for it), and the subsequent phenomenon of Juneteenth and the real end of the war. All material little known even by Americans and, I'm sure, virtually unknown elsewhere. And all very fascinating stuff.
Posted on: 12/07/2013 22:51:00

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Posted by: tarawa90
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Ok, but how do you make it into a CAM book?
Posted on: 13/07/2013 01:32:00
Posted by: Hammerfest-Perth
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There was a CAM book about the plans to invade japan that didn't happen so this seems at least possible since these events happened.
Posted on: 13/07/2013 16:59:00
Posted by: formwiz
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Maybe you do it as General Military. In any case, a CAM is what they want to make of it. You're talking about a 2 month period dealing with the final moves to end the Civil War. Where does it say a CAM can't cover several theaters?
Posted on: 14/07/2013 03:01:00
Posted by: .George Washington
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A CAM on Appomattox p would be the best suggestion of all in this colorful bunch of titles you thought up.
Posted on: 14/07/2013 06:00:00
Posted by: CMB
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Your ideas seem to incorporate material for a lot of books, unless someone does a General Military on it, in which case, all of this (and more!) could be covered in one volume. Appomattox could be a Campaign. Five Forks and the fall of Richmond and Petersburg was already covered in Petersburg 1864-65, so this would focus on battles such as Saylor's Creek. Wilson's raid into Alabama might be a good RAID title. As for Sherman and Johnston, perhaps the continuation of Sherman's March into the Carolinas would be in order, plus the battle of Bentonville, NC. But all of the various surrenders and negotiations, while admittedly fascinating (Would you also include Lincoln's meeting with Confederate leaders?), don't involve much military campaigning. And before Osprey considers covering any of this material, the Overland Campaign and Atlanta Campaign must be covered!
Posted on: 14/07/2013 22:17:00
Posted by: hobbe62
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The subject(s) might be too big to squeeze into the 96-page Campaign format. The excellent Civil War series published by TIME-LIFE BOOKS in the 1980s used 176 pages per volume. One of the 27 volumes - Pursuit to Appomattox (The Last Battles) - cover some events. Other titles probably cover several of the rest. I haven't got any Civil War title from Osprey, but guess the TIME-LIFE titles use a lot more period photos and pictures. That was always one of the main strengths of the various series TIME-LIFE BOOKS published in the 1980s and 1990s. Here is a link to a complete list of the TIME-LIFE Civil War series: http://www.volumelists.com/detail.php?ser=The%20Civil%20War
Posted on: 14/07/2013 23:33:00
Posted by: CMB
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Formwiz, This might be of interest to you: The Collapse of the Confederacy, Mark Grimsley & Brooks D. Simpson, eds. It's a collection of seven essays, including, "Learning to Say 'Enough': Southern Generals and the Final Weeks of the Confederacy," and "Jefferson Davis and the 'Guerrilla Option': A Reexamination." It came out in 2001, published by the University of Nebraska Press (my alma mater). I heartily recommend it.
Posted on: 15/07/2013 08:10:00
Posted by: formwiz
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FWIW and truth in advertising: My ideas came from a History Channel special and a couple of Wiki pages. So it can be fleshed out greatly - consider the attempt by the Radical Republicans to have the confederate generals and cabinet member executed as traitors and the steadfast refusal of people like Grant, Sherman, and Sheridan to stand for it. There's lots of material, probably more than enough for a general military.
Posted on: 15/07/2013 23:26:00
Posted by: CMB
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Hi formwiz, Was that the History Channel documentary on April 1865, by any chance? The thing is, much of what you proposed is more political than military. I agree it's really interesting, as is Reconstruction, but it's not exactly an Osprey topic.
Posted on: 16/07/2013 03:46:00
Posted by: FJ-1973
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Maybe a Campaign for Appomatox, and Raid for the escape/hunt for president Jefferson Davis and about CSS Shenandoah world-tour. But also I think that a GeneralMilitary would be the best for this subject.
Posted on: 16/07/2013 22:30:00
Posted by: formwiz
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It may have been, CMB. I can't recall, but there was a lot more material than that, as I mentioned. In regard to your suggestion that it's more political than military, there are a lot of Osprey books that take time to talk about the causes and aftermath of conflicts as they relate to future wars, units, and doctrine. I'm just throwing out a suggestion. As I said, going out on a limb.
Posted on: 17/07/2013 00:03:00
Posted by: .George Washington
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In addition to Appomattox covering off after Petersburg, the Carolinas Campaign and Palmito Ranch would be good reads.
Posted on: 01/02/2014 01:07:00
Posted by: .George Washington
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Joined Date: Friday, 21 June 2013
And a book on Wilson's raid.
Posted on: 01/02/2014 01:08:00

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