Third of a trilogy which includes Mr. Lincoln's Army and Glory Road, this is the story of defeat turned to victory in a grueling year following Gettysburg, 1863-64, when war became total war. The year when General Grant rebuilt the Army of the Potomac into a fighting force. The year when men like Sherman and Sheridan made their names. Once again Catton has told a many times told story with zest and drama, color and pace. He has made strategy and manoeuvre good reading. He has used anecdote where it points the issue. He has drawn vivid pen portraits, balanced his own opinions and conclusions with those of others, quoted from the records of fighting men and their officers. Many times the Army of the Potomac- and later the Army of the Shenandoah-rubbed elbows with catastrophe, but Grant and Sheridan never accepted defeat. There were new factors to be considered:-trench warfare, new weapons, artillery support, Negro troops, and Lincoln's gradual control of political factors. This series will stand up in years ahead as a sound contribution.