The Horrid Pit: The Battle of the Crater, the Civil War's Cruelest Mission

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Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2007 - History - 284 pages
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Documents the dangerous excavation of history's longest military tunnel and the tragic subterranean assault on the Confederate line at the Battle of the Crater, evaluating the decisions and events that shaped the tunnel's construction, describing the contributions of key players, and recounting the factors that led to numerous deaths on both sides of the battle.

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The Engineer and the Lawyer
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About the author (2007)

Alan Axelrod is the author of three books on the Civil War: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Civil War, My Brother's Face: Portraits of the Civil War (with Charles Phillips; Chronicle Books, 1993; reissued in 1998 by Barnes & Noble Books as Portraits of the Civil War), and The War between the Spies: A History of Espionage During the American Civil War. In addition, he has written many volumes of military history and reference, popular history, biography, and general reference. He has served as consultant to numerous museums and cultural institutions and has worked as a creative consultant (and on-camera personality) for The Wild West television documentary series (Warner Bros., 1993), Civil War Journal (A&E Network, 1994), and The Discovery Channel.

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