By Newt Gingrich
THE conflict could have BEEN WON,
BUT THE warfare is much FROM OVER.
Grant Comes East from bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen keeps the tale of a accomplice victory, analyzing the nice "what if" of yank heritage: may Lee have received the conflict of Gettysburg? A accomplice victory, despite the fact that, wouldn't inevitably suggest that the Southern reason has won its ultimate triumph and an enduring peace. it truly is from this departure aspect that the tale keeps in Grant Comes East, as common Robert E. Lee's marches on Washington, D.C., and launches an attack opposed to one of many greatest fortifications within the world.
Beyond an army victory within the box, Lee should also conquer the defiant stand of President Abraham Lincoln, who vows that whatever the defeat at Gettysburg, his solemn pledge to maintain the Union can be commemorated in any respect cost.
At a similar time, Lincoln has appointed basic Ulysses S. furnish as commander of all Union forces. provide, clean from his triumph at Vicksburg, races east, bringing with him his hardened veterans from Mississippi to confront Lee.
What ensues around the subsequent six weeks is a great fight because the surviving Union forces contained in the fortifications of Washington struggle to hold on, whereas provide prepares his counterblow. Spanning the floor from Washington to the banks of the Susquehanna, those elements will come jointly in a climatic, pivotal struggle.
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The White House was quiet, all were asleep except for a black man who looked up expectantly at his approach. It was Jim, one of the White House servants. "Good morning, Mr. " "A cup of coffee, sir? I have a fresh pot brewing in the kitchen. " "No, thank you, Jim. " He stepped past J"11-"Ah, Mr. " Surprised, he turned back. Jim was standing there, nervous, waiting, a look almost of mortification on his face over this breach of White House protocol. "Go on, Jim. " "Sir. " "If the rebs take the city, sir.
He looked up and saw the barrel of a thirty-pounder being run back out, barrel fully depressed. He flung himself down, the roar of the gun stunning him, the deadly impact striking the far slope of the moat, cutting down dozens. He stood up. "Now! " He repeated the cry over and over as he staggered up the slope, losing four steps for every one gained. Stepping atop a legless body he gained enough footing to fling himself up nearly to the crest. He paused, looked back, saw that Brown was still up, sword still held high.
By the glow of the single lantern he saw that some men, especially the younger officers, were eager, whispering among themselves, but the older men were silent "Gentlemen, I will tell you my honest opinion. Darkness or not Pettigrew's boys will get torn apart It will be our job then to follow through, take the fort and open the road up to the city. "I know we've never done a night attack before, gentlemen. It's unheard of. Let's trust in General Lee's leadership as we always have and all will be well.