Gary Ecelbarger is a Civil War historian and has conducted several tours of the Atlanta Campaign battlefields. He has written or co-written eight books, including The Great Comeback: How Abraham Lincoln Beat the Odds to Win the 1860 Republican Nomination, along with biographies of Civil War generals “Black Jack” Logan and Frederick W. Lander and military histories of the Shenandoah Valley campaign and the First Battle of Kernstown. He lives in northern Virginia with his wife and three children.
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
The only book dedicated to the day-long Battle of Atlanta, the most decisive battle in the most decisive campaign of the Civil War
The Battle of Atlanta, fought on July 22, 1864, pointed the Union to victory in the Atlanta Campaign, changed the course of the Civil War, and was the most important factor in President Lincoln's successful re-election bid against General McClellan's anti-war platform. The battle was a monstrous affair fought in the stifling Georgia summer heat, pitting two armies of equal size against one another for eight hours. Confederates repeatedly attacked Union soldiers commanded by General James B. McPherson, who became the first and only U.S. army commander killed in the war. Sure to have great appeal for Civil War enthusiasts, reenactors, and readers of Noah Andre Trudeau's Southern Storm: Sherman's March to the Sea as well as the scholarship of Shelby Foote or James M. McPherson, this riveting narrative from Civil War historian and battlefield guide Gary Ecelbarger chronicles the day that struck a death knell for the Southern war effort.