The only comprehensive account of the Battle of Fort Fisher and the basis for the television documentaryConfederate Goliath, Rod Gragg's award-winning book chronicles in detail one of the most dramatic events of the American Civil War. Known as "the Gibraltar of the South," Fort Fisher was the largest, most formidable coastal fortification in the Confederacy, by late 1864 protecting its lone remaining seaport—Wilmington, North Carolina. Gragg's powerful, fast-paced narrative recounts the military actions, politicking, and personality clashes involved in this unprecedented land and sea battle. It vividly describes the greatest naval bombardment of the war and shows how the fort's capture in January 1865 hastened the South's surrender three months later. In his foreword, historian Edward G. Longacre surveys Gragg's work in the context of Civil War history and literature, citing Confederate Goliath as "the finest book-length account of a significant but largely forgotten episode in our nation's most critical conflict."
Rod Gragg is the author of more than twenty books on American history, including Covered with Glory: The 26th North Carolina Infantry at Gettysburg and The Illustrated Gettysburg Reader. His works have won the Douglas Southall Freeman Award and the James I. Robertson Jr. Award, and have been selections of the Book-of-the-Month Club, the History Book Club, and the Military History Book Club. He is the director of the CresCom Bank Center for Military and Veterans Studies at Coastal Carolina University.
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