Battle of Columbus

Columbus, Georgia 1865:

The Last True Battle of the Civil War

by Charles A. Misulia

    In this work, Charles A. Misulia, a lifelong student of the Civil War and expert on the Battle of Columbus, provides a comprehensive study of the Easter Sunday, April 16, 1865, conflict. The struggle occurred in the dark of night, extended over a mile and a half through a series of forts and earthworks, and was finally decided on a bridge a thousand feet in length.

    Misulia presents the first complete account of this battle, examining and recounting in depth not only the composition and actions of the contending forces, which numbered some three thousand men on each side, but meticulously detailing the effect of the engagement on the city of Columbus and its environs. As such, this book fills in an important detail in the grand account of our national struggle and also adds a significant chapter to the history of an important regional city.

    In addition, Misulia bravely takes on the long-vexing question of which encounter should be seen as the last “battle” of the Civil War and argues persuasively that Columbus, Georgia qualifies for this distinction on a number of counts.

“A lean, well-written, compelling narrative of the Battle of Columbus, Georgia. It begins with the larger context of James H. Wilson’s massive cavalry campaign through Alabama and Georgia in the waning days of the war, and carries the store through the destruction of Columbus by Wilson’s troops in the aftermath of the battle on April 16, 1865. It is so detailed, deeply researched, and meticulous that I feel completely confident in declaring that it will be the definitive account of this battle.” -- Lawrence F. Kohl, editor of The Irish Brigade and Its Campaigns and The Story of the 116th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of the Rebellion



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