320 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 15 halftones, 11 maps, appends., notes, bibl., index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-6842-0
Published: July 2022
E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-6843-7
Published: April 2022
E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-6290-7
Published: April 2022
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Awards & distinctions
2023 Richard Barksdale Harwell Award, Atlanta Civil War Round Table
2023 Dan & Marilyn Laney Book Prize, Austin Civil War Roundtable
Here, renowned military historian Jeffry D. Wert draws on the personal narratives of Union and Confederate troops who survived the fight to offer a gripping story of Civil War combat at its most difficult. Wert’s harrowing tale reminds us that the war’s story, often told through its commanders and campaigns, truly belonged to the common soldier.
About the Author
Jeffry D. Wert is author of many previous books, including most recently Civil War Barons: The Tycoons, Entrepreneurs, Inventors, and Visionaries Who Forged Victory and Shaped a Nation.
For more information about Jeffry D. Wert, visit the Author Page.
“This is micro-battlefield history at its best.”—Virginia Magazine of History & Biography
“This is a rich work, vivid, and quite often simultaneously tinged with humor and horror, reflecting the complexities of such a bloody, awful, and awe-inspiring event. The Heart of Hell is a readable, balanced, and information look at Spotsylvania, with excellent maps, and is highly recommended.”--NYMAS Review
“The Heart of Hell offers a superb and at times graphic account of the events of May 12. . . . Wert’s study elevates the fighting at the Mule Shoe beyond merely one of the many brutal engagements of the Overland campaign and succeeds in capturing Civil War combat at its very worst.”–Journal of Southern History
“Wert has produced a beautifully written and dramatically detailed narrative of the fighting at the Mule Shoe. Grounded in impressive research into the primary sources, The Heart of Hell goes deeper than any other book before it.”—Caroline E. Janney, author of Ends of War: The Unfinished Fight of Lee's Army after Appomattox
“Jeff Wert’s latest masterpiece is the most complete treatment of the fighting on May 12, 1864, at Spotsylvania Court House ever written. Mining an extensive volume of eyewitness accounts, Wert’s narrative puts readers in the midst of Spotsylvania’s bloody trenches—indeed, in the heart of hell.”—A. Wilson Greene, author of A Campaign of Giants—The Battle for Petersburg