Lincoln Witness 1865

Noah Andre Trudeau has authored eight books on military matters pertaining to the Civil War, as well as many articles and several battle studies for sale at America’s national battlefield parks. His books often combine large stories and small; juxtaposing overall narratives of strategy and tactics with personal stories of men and women caught up in that moment of history, many appearing for the first time. His book-in-progress about Lincoln’s time at City Point poses the challenge of having to find fresh source material off the beaten research paths.

Bloody Roads South, his study of 1864’s Overland Campaign was published by Little, Brown in 1989, winning the Civil War Round Table of New York’s prestigious Fletcher Pratt Award. His second book, The Last Citadel, covering the entire siege of Petersburg, from June 1864 to April 1865, was published by Little, Brown (1991). His concluding bookin this trilogy, Out of the Storm, examining the Civil War’s final three months appeared in 1994. His fourth book, Like Men of War (Little, Brown, 1998), a combat history of black troops in the Civil War, was honored with the Grady McWhiney Research Foundation’s Jerry Coffey Memorial Book Prize. (He edited a companion book featuring letters/memoirs from the Black soldiers of the 55th Massachusetts: Voices of the 55th.) He next completed a new history of the Battle of Gettysburg for HarperCollins titled Gettysburg: A Testing of Courage (2002). Also for HarperCollins he wrote a history of Sherman’s March to the Sea, Southern Storm (2008). His most recent work, Robert E. Lee: Lessons in Leadership (Palgrave/MacMillan, 2009), was completed as part of a “Great Generals Series” edited by General Wesley K. Clark.