Bloody Spring: Forty Days That Sealed the Confederacy’s Fate

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Joseph Wheelan

Narrated By: Grover Gardner

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: April 2014

Duration: 14 hours 14 minutes


A unique and compelling examination of the Civil War’s “turning point”—forty crucial days in the spring of 1864 that turned the tide for the Union

In the spring of 1864, Robert E. Lee faced a new adversary: Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant. Named commander of all Union armies in March, Grant quickly went on the offensive against Lee in Virginia. On May 4 Grant’s army struck hard across the Rapidan River into north central Virginia, with Lee’s army contesting every mile. They fought for forty days until, finally, the Union army crossed the James River and began the siege of Petersburg.

The campaign cost ninety thousand men—the largest loss the war had seen. While Grant lost nearly twice as many men as Lee did, he could replace them. Lee could not and would never again mount another major offensive. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox less than a year later was the denouement of the drama begun in those crucial forty days.

“Joseph Wheelan has delivered an exciting and crisply written biography.”—Wall Street Journal on Terrible Swift Sword


  • Simon Chalder

    Excellent throughout. Has enogh detail to be educational and enough colour, character and drama to be highly entertaining. Recommended to anyone who hates dry, boring history books. Find yourself a good map though to keep track of the action.

Bloody Spring: Forty Days That Sealed the Confederacy’s Fate

by Joseph Wheelan

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