Witness to Appomattox
Richard Wheeler

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Narrated By: Joe Barrett

Duration: 8 hours and 6 minutes

What to expect

Noted Civil War historian Richard Wheeler brings this narrative to life with haunting images of the final days of the Civil War: President Lincoln walking through the streets of Richmond, drawing an admiring crowd of blacks; Confederate and Union troops gathering in the fields around Appomattox Court House, mingling with former foes, experiencing disbelief, bitterness, relief.

Drawing from numerous eyewitness descriptions, Wheeler effectively recreates a moment of the Civil War that is perhaps unequalled in sheer emotion. This account is as much a tribute to Confederate courage as it is a record of the final triumph of the Union cause.


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“Goes below the surface facts…to get at the stories of the lives and deaths, the struggles, triumphs, sorrows, and joys of real people.”

Chicago Tribune

“Wheeler links together the words of participants and eyewitnesses in a moving chronological narrative…Wheeler does not confine himself to military operations but provides a rich continuum of anecdotes conveying the growing sense of victory or defeat on the part of soldiers and civilians, along with homely details of daily life as the war winds down.”

Publishers Weekly

“Highly readable.”

America's Civil War

“Reads like a gripping novel.”

Rocky Mountain News

“A vivid chronicle of the final weeks of the Civil War…Incidents and personalities come alive in memorable vignettes, making for exciting reading for Civil War enthusiasts.”