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Country  United States
Publication date  June 1, 2004
Originally published  1 June 2004
4.1/5 Goodreads

Translator  German
Language  English
Pages  404 pp (1st edition)
Publisher  Thomas Dunne Books
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Media type  Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Authors  Albert S. Hanser, Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen
Preceded by  Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War
Followed by  Never Call Retreat: Lee and Grant: The Final Victory
Genres  Fiction, Novel, Alternate history, Historical drama, Speculative fiction
Similar  Newt Gingrich books, Alternate history books

Grant Comes East: A Novel of the Civil War is a New York Times bestseller written by former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen, and Albert S. Hanser. It was published in 2004 and is the sequel to Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War. The third book of the trilogy is called Never Call Retreat: Lee and Grant: The Final Victory and was released in 2005. The novel is illustrated with actual photographs of the Civil War.


Plot summary

The book picks up where the first left off at Union Mills, Maryland, where the battle that began at Gettysburg ended on July 4, 1863 (at the same time as the fall of Vicksburg) with a decisive but costly Confederate victory. General Robert E. Lee and his troops march on Washington, D.C., and launch an assault, hoping that if they can take the capital they can win the war.

Meanwhile, President Abraham Lincoln has appointed Major General Ulysses S. Grant, the victor of Vicksburg, commander of all Union forces with orders to attack Lee. Grant masses his forces (the newly minted Army of the Susquehanna) at Harrisburg, while Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Sickles gains control (through his violent pacification of the New York Draft Riots) of the Army of the Potomac.

Sickles has his eye on the White House, but he needs to defeat Lee to win the Civil War for the War Democrats. Violating orders from Grant, he rolls his troops out to meet Lee's army alone. A sidebar shows Napoleon III planning to have France invade the United States through their client state, the Second Mexican Empire.

Lee, bloodily repulsed at Fort Stevens outside Washington (the black troops of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry regiment playing a decisive role), turns on Baltimore. Abandoned by the Union, Baltimore descends into chaos; Lee, sickened by the violence, orders the provost guard in force to end it. Using Baltimore to threaten Washington D.C., Lee instead turns his entire army upon the advancing Sickles, facing off at the Monocacy River near Frederick (where an actual battle was fought in 1864).

The Army of the Potomac is destroyed in a rout, with Sickles losing a leg in the process (as he did in the real Battle of Gettysburg). The battle pens Lee up in Maryland, however, leaving Virginia wide open as Grant and William T. Sherman converge on it via Pennsylvania and Georgia. The novel ends with Lee scrambling to meet Grant's threat.

Historical figures

  • Judah Benjamin, Confederate secretary of state
  • Jefferson Davis, Confederate president
  • Ulysses S. Grant, U.S. general
  • Herman Haupt, U.S. general
  • Robert E. Lee, Confederate general
  • Abraham Lincoln, U.S. president
  • James Longstreet, Confederate general
  • Daniel Sickles, U.S. general
  • Elihu B. Washburne, U.S. congressman
  • References

    Grant Comes East Wikipedia

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