The Seven Days Campaign was a series of battles fought near Richmond at the end of June 1862. General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia had routed General George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac. Depriving McClellan of a military decision meant the war would continue for two more years.
The Seven Days depicts a critical turning point in the Civil War that would ingrain Robert E. Lee in history as one of the finest generals of all time. Masterfully written, The Seven Days is Dowdey at his finest—detailed and riveting.
In this dramatic, well-told story, author Clifford Dowdey recounts the pivotal Seven Days Battles of the Civil War, in which Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s army drove George B. McClellan’s invading Union soldiers out of Richmond, Virginia. Nicholas Tecosky's vibrant tones bring the story of these important 1862 battles to life, while Dowdy's skilled, detailed writing creates finely honed psychological portraits of all the men involved, including many lesser-known characters. Highly recommended for Civil War buffs, especially those interested in history recounted from the Southern point of view.
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Good book, narration distracting.
The information in the book was good. Nothing new really, but good. However, the narrator continues to mispronounce the names of multiple places and people. It's distracting when you want to correct him! I cannot recommend this as an audio book; maybe the print version would have been better.
History Poorly Read
The enjoyable history is made irritating by the narrator's pronunciation. While a number of the rivers around Richmond do have Indian names - every single one is mispronounced. This may be understandable, but to pronounce an army "corps" as "corpse", Jubal Early as "Jew-ball" and to read "coup de grace" as "cup dee grass" is simply ignorant.
Clifford Dowdey gives the traditional "Lost Cause" interpretation of the Civil War which dominated history books for a century after the War. Everything Lee and Jackson do is correct and moral, everything Johnston and Longstreet do is wrong and evil. But,once you accept where he is coming from, there is quite a bit of useful information here. It's also a refreshing look at McClellan, as the victim Little Mac saw himself.
I found myself cringing at his pronunciation! Is English a second language for him?
Witin the above limitations.
No - I think I said it all.
- Richard Deardoff