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Most of the battles of the Civil War were fought within the borders of the state of Virginia. This is primarily due to the belief that whoever captured the other's capital would be the ultimate victor in the war. Thus with roughly one hundred miles separating them, Washington and Richmond became the focus of the war and of the stalemate that ensued for four years. With Forged In Fire, Jim Miles continues a series of books that describes the significant campaigns of the war and provides and easy-to-follow tour guide of the battlefields today. Previous volumes have defined the western theater of the war from Forts Henry and Donelson and Shiloh to the battles for Atlanta and Nashville. He now turns his attention to the eastern theater, the cauldron of action and defeat throughout the war.
Part of the "Civil War Explorer Series", this illustrated volume serves as both a history lesson and tour guide of the battles in Virginia in the first 15 months of the war from 1861 to 1862. From First Manassas to Antietam, this guide describes the battles, battlefields, and leaders involved. Maps.