“Yorktown’s Civil War Siege: Drums Along the Warwick,” offers enough information in the less than 200-page book to keep you interested even if you’re not a Civil War history buff. The book, published this year, is co-authored by well-known local historian John Quarstein and J. Michael Moore, the curator and registrar for Lee Hall mansion and Endview Plantation in Newport News.
With maps, old photographs and snippets from memoirs, the book chronicles the first siege of the Civil War, which lasted 29 days. The book tells the story of how Major General George McClellan “lost the opportunity to quickly capture Richmond and end the war.” The authors, according to the press release from Publisher History Press, write about the siege and “explore its role in the 1862 Peninsula Campaign and the final battles surrounding Richmond.”
While the book tackles a tough moment in history, there are some light-hearted moments, including this memory from Benjamin Smith of the 5th Louisiana: “I loaded my musket once or twice with the expectation of hurting someone, but was disappointed…As for my bayonet it had only been stained by the blood of an unfortunate pig, who was foolish enough to tempt a hungry soldier. I devoutly hope, that, he was a Yankee pig.”
The book is available for $19.99 at local bookstores and online at historypress.net.
VP of Content Marisa Porto took some time away from her job of running the news operations for the Daily Press Media Group to offer her thoughts on this book.