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Commentary On Killing Lincoln By Bill O’reilly

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Killing Lincoln is a historic, non-fiction book co-written by Bill O’Reilly, a popular conservative TV show host and Martin Dugard, a well established author. Published by Henry Holt and Company on September 27, 2011, this piece of literature contains 336 pages with complete sources, and references. In addition, this book [insert award] for its literary impact on young adults. With this historical thriller, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard seek to describe the antagonist, victim, and impact of one of the most devastating and historical event in American history.
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Under the secrecy of darkness he withdrew his army and, instead of retreating, forded the James River and headed west to a completely unarmed Petersburg. Although a quick attack then would have conquered the city, Grant’s commanding officers remained in a torpor. Confederate General Robert E. Lee quickly observed the mistake and rushed Southern troops in immediately. Lee’s army rapidly dug trenches and constructed defenses just in time.
Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s entire army is in the city of Petersburg, Virginia. In a perfect scenario, General Grant’s siege of Petersburg would have put an end to the Confederate Army by now. Unfortunately, Grant’s scenario is not perfect. His siege is not a complete surround due to the Appomattox River running through the city. The Confederates control the other side of the River, continually send a steady stream of medicine, food, and ammunition into Petersburg, and guard its rear.
General Lee is experienced enough to realize his current situation. Grant commands at least four times more troops than Lee does with at least a thousand more artillery weapons. The siege’s noose is progressively tightening to the point where supplies into the city are diminishing. Lee observes the sallow complexion of his own men. Starvation, no matter how slow, is lethal. He knows that escape to the Carolinas is his best bet. There he can regroup, resupply and reconquer. Two options grow distinct in Lee’s mind; one, use the cover of night to retreat to Richmond or two, break through the Union lines and head south.
On April 1st, General Grant eliminates the second option for Lee. At the overwhelmingly decisive Battle of Five Forks, the Union army captures a vital crossing for the Confederate Army’s escape, the central road to North Carolina. With resolution, Grant pursues his advantage and orders immediate artillery bombardments on Petersburg; later, at first light, Union soldiers will commence their charge.
The Union army’s intense training has paid off. They choreograph their attack so efficiently that the Confederate Army’s destruction is quick. As the Union army pushes on, they spot the Confederate Headquarters. Seeing a small cannon squad, the Union scouts assume that a bigger Confederate army is lying in ambush resulting in the Union army halting. General Lee grasps his chance to escape and moves his entire army across the Appomattox river.
In his final chase of Lee, Grant devises a new tactical plan. He is aware of the Confederate’s lack of supplies. They are starving yet the Southern military force is still marching on. No doubt they are meeting provision transports. Rather than just following the retreat, Grant plans to form a pincer formation while a Union division flanks far to cut the Confederates off. Grant wants a sandwich; metaphorically of course.
On April 9, Grant activates his plan and subsequently surrounds Lee completely at the Battle of Appomattox Court House. Despite General Lee’s strong...

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