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Author Doug Crenshaw to Present and Sign Copies of His Book

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Doug Crenshaw

Author Doug Crenshaw will be presenting and signing copies of his book, Richmond Shall Not Be Given Up: The Seven Days’ Battles, June 25-July 1, 1862.

The event is at 1:30 p. m. on Sunday, Oct. 8 at the Manassas Museum (9101 Prince William Street, Manassas). For more information visit manassasmuseum.org

In the spring of 1862, the largest army ever assembled on the North American continent landed in Virginia, on the peninsula between the James and YorkRivers, and proceeded to march toward Richmond. Between that army and the capital of the Confederate States of America, an outnumbered Confederate force did all in its feeble power to resist, but all it could do was slow, not stop, the juggernaut.

To Southerners, the war, not yet a year old, looked lost. The Confederate government prepared to evacuate the city. The citizenry prepared for the worst. And then the war turned.

During battle at a place called Seven Pines, an artillery shell wounded Confederate commander Gen. Joseph E. Johnston. His replacement, Gen. Robert E. Lee, stabilized the army, fended off the Federals, and then fortified the capital. “Richmond must not be given up!” he vowed, tears in his eyes. “It shall not be given up!”

Federal commander Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, confident of success, found himself unexpectedly hammered by a newly aggressive, newly emboldened foe. For seven days, Lee planned ambitious attacks and launched them, one after another, hoping not just to drive Federals from the gates of Richmond but to obliterate them entirely.

In Richmond Shall Not Be Given Up, historian Doug Crenshaw follows a battle so desperate that, ever-after, soldiers would remember that week simply as The Seven Days.

McClellan reeled. The tide of war turned. The Army of Northern Virginia was born. 

Doug Crenshaw is a volunteer for the Richmond National Battlefield Park and a member of the Richmond Civil War Roundtable. He speaks, presents, and leads tours of the battle. His book, Fort Harrison and The Battle of Chaffin’s Farm, was nominated in the nonfiction category for a Library of Virginia Literary award. He has also written The Battle of Glendale: Robert E. Lee’s Lost Opportunity. By day, he is a strategic IT sourcing manager who has studied history at Randolph-Macon College and the University of Richmond.

Doug is a descendant of the Sydnor family that lived at Beaver Dam Creek during that battle and the Binford family that lived behind the Malvern Hill battlefield.

Doug is author of a companion volume to this book, also part of the Emerging Civil War Series, that focuses on the 1862 Peninsula Campaign that preceded the Seven Days.

 

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