U.S. History

"Bloody Spring: Forty Days That Sealed the Confederacy's Fate"

Joseph Wheelan

About the Program

Joseph Wheelan recounts the Ulysses S. Grant-led Union Army's offensive into Virginia in May and June of 1864.  The author reports that prior to Grant's incursion, Virginia had defended itself against four prior Union generals, and Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army felt assured they would defeat Grant.  The author reports that over six weeks, Grant's Overland Campaign put an end to the South's offensive capabilities, which ultimately led to Lee's surrender close to a year later.  Joseph Wheelan speaks at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

About the Authors

Joseph Wheelan

Joseph Wheelan's books include Terrible Swift Sword: The Life of General Philip H. Sheridan. He is a former editor and reporter for the Associated Press.  For more information, visit the author's website, jwheelan.home.mindspring.com.


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"Bloody Spring: Forty Days That Sealed the Confederacy's Fate"

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Past Airings

  • Sunday, September 28th at 9am (ET)
  • Sunday, August 17th at 5:45am (ET)
  • Sunday, August 10th at 10pm (ET)
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