The Last Full Measure
The Last Full Measure is a Civil War historical fiction novel, and it is the third in a trilogy of books about the Civil War. The Last Full Measure details the events following the Battle of Gettysburg, and dates all the way back to the end of the Civil War. It even details Robert E. Lee’s death, Ulysses S. Grant’s physical decline, and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain’s revisit of the Battle at Little Round Top before the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The Last Full Measure is divided into three parts, which has chapters about either Lee, Grant, or Chamberlain. Each chapter also dates the events that occurred. The Last Full Measure begins in Part One, ten days after the Battle of Gettysburg. Robert E. Lee watches as his army is trapped against the Potomac River. General Meade is hesitant about attacking, which gives Lee time to devise a defensive strategy. They construct a makeshift bridge and escape to Virginia, and by August, they are safely camped near the Rapidan River. Lee then begins to reflect on the Battle of Gettysburg, and how all the newspapers have blamed him for the defeat. Lee decides to send a letter of resignation to Jefferson Davis, President of the South. Davis, however, refuses to accept it, saying that no one has the respect of his army like Lee does. Meanwhile, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain has returned to Maine to heal from a foot wound and malaria. He comes to the pleasant surprise that he is now famous for his command at Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg. Chamberlain is called back to duty quickly, however, and must leave his wife, Fannie, who becomes very angry with this. Chamberlain’s father has always wanted his son to remain in academics, but before Chamberlain leaves, his father lets him know that he is proud of his accomplishments as a soldier. Meade is now slowly pursuing Lee, and the North has a naval blockade around Southern ports. This is strongly hurting the South...
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