Never Call Retreat: Lee and Grant: The Final Victory

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Macmillan, Jun 18, 2005 - Fiction - 496 pages
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New York Times bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen conclude their inventive trilogy with this remarkable answer to the great “what if” of the American Civil War: Could the South have indeed won?

After his great victories at Gettysburg and Union Mills, General Robert E. Lee’s attempt to bring the war to a final conclusion by attacking Washington, D.C., fails. However, in securing Washington, the remnants of the valiant Union Army of the Potomac, under the command of the impetuous General Dan Sickles, is trapped and destroyed. For Lincoln there is only one hope left: that General Ulysses S. Grant can save the Union cause.

It is now August 22, 1863. Lincoln and Grant are facing a collapse of political will to continue the fight to preserve the Union. Lee, desperately short of manpower, must conserve his remaining strength while maneuvering for the killing blow that will take Grant’s army out of the fight and, at last, bring a final and complete victory for the South.

Pursuing the remnants of the defeated Army of the Potomac up to the banks of the Susquehanna, Lee is caught off balance when news arrives that General Ulysses S. Grant, in command of more than seventy thousand men, has crossed that same river, a hundred miles to the northwest at Harrisburg. As General Grant brings his Army of the Susquehanna into Maryland, Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia maneuvers for position. Grant first sends General George Armstrong Custer on a mad dash to block Lee’s path toward Frederick and with it control of the crucial B&O railroad, which moves troops and supplies. The two armies finally collide in Central Maryland, and a bloody week-long battle ensues along the banks of Monocacy Creek. This must be the “final” battle for both sides.

In Never Call Retreat, Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen bring all of their critically acclaimed talents to bear in what is destined to become an immediate classic.

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NEVER CALL RETREAT: A Novel of the Civil War

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

What if the Civil War had ended in the summer of 1863?Those who suspect that former Speaker of the House Gingrich's politics hinge on getting even for Appomattox may be surprised to read in the pages ... Read full review

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User Review  - Adam West - Goodreads

Please see my review for Gettysburg, by the same authors. This was the third and finally book in a trilogy that began with the aforementioned book. I thought this book offered a sobering reality check about the Civil War and how it would have ended if Lee had won the Battle of Gettysburg. Read full review

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Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Thirteen
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Fifteen
Chapter Sixteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Nineteen
Chapter Twenty

Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter TwentyOne
Chapter TwentyTwo
Chapter TwentyThree

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NEWT GINGRICH is the author of several bestselling books, including Gettysburg and Grant Comes East. Mr. Gingrich served in Congress for twenty years and is a former Speaker of the House, in which capacity he was named Time magazine’s Man of the Year in 1995. He is a member of the Defense Policy Board and the U.S. National Security Commission, and he is the longest-serving teacher of the Joint War Fighting course for Major Generals. He is also the CEO of the Gingrich Group, a communications and consulting firm. Mr. Gingrich resides in Virginia with his wife, Callista. He has two daughters and two grandchildren.

WILLIAM R. FORSTCHEN, PH.D., is a professor of history at Montreat College in Montreat, North Carolina. He received his doctorate from Purdue University and specialized in the American Civil War. He is the author of more than forty books, including the award-winning We Look Like Men of War, a young-adult novel about an African-American regiment that fought at the Battle of the Crater; it is based upon his doctoral dissertation and was published by St. Martin’s Press. Dr. Fortschen has been a lifelong reenactor of the Civil War. He resides near Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife, Sharon, and daughter, Meghan.

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