Major Michael Nugent, USA (ret.)
is a lieutenant with the
Westbrook Police Department (Maine). A retired US Army Armored Cavalry officer and descendant of a Civil War Calvary
Veteran, he is the author of One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee's Army
of Northern Virginia.
to the book description of One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee's Army
of Northern Virginia, “the titanic three-day battle of Gettysburg left 50,000 casualties in its wake,
a battered Southern army far from its base of supplies, and a rich historiographic legacy. Thousands of books and articles
cover nearly every aspect of the battle, but not a single volume focuses on the military aspects of the monumentally important
movements of the armies to and across the Potomac River. One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit
of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863 is the first detailed military history of Lee's retreat and the
Union effort to catch and destroy the wounded Army of Northern Virginia.
Against steep odds and encumbered
with thousands of casualties, Confederate commander Robert E. Lee's post-battle task was to successfully withdraw his
army across the Potomac River. Union commander George G. Meade's equally difficult assignment was to intercept the effort
and destroy his enemy. The responsibility for defending the exposed Southern columns belonged to cavalry chieftain James Ewell
Brown (Jeb) Stuart. If Stuart fumbled his famous ride north to Gettysburg, his generalship during the retreat more than redeemed
his flagging reputation.
The ten days of retreat triggered
nearly two dozen skirmishes and major engagements, including fighting at Granite Hill, Monterey Pass, Hagerstown, Williamsport,
Funkstown, Boonsboro, and Falling Waters. President Abraham Lincoln was thankful for the early July battlefield victory, but
disappointed that General Meade was unable to surround and crush the Confederates before they found safety on the far side
of the Potomac. Exactly what Meade did to try to intercept the fleeing Confederates, and how the Southerners managed to defend
their army and ponderous 17-mile long wagon train of wounded until crossing into western Virginia on the early morning of
July 14, is the subject of this study.
One Continuous Fight draws upon
a massive array of documents, letters, diaries, newspaper accounts, and published primary and secondary sources. These long-ignored
foundational sources allow the authors, each widely known for their expertise in Civil War cavalry operations, to describe
carefully each engagement. The result is a rich and comprehensive study loaded with incisive tactical commentary, new perspectives
on the strategic role of the Southern and Northern cavalry, and fresh insights on every engagement, large and small, fought
during the retreat.
The retreat from Gettysburg was so punctuated
with fighting that a soldier felt compelled to describe it as "One Continuous Fight." Until now, few students fully
realized the accuracy of that description. Complimented with 18 original maps, dozens of photos, and a complete driving tour
with GPS coordinates of the entire retreat, One Continuous Fight is an essential book for every student of the American Civil
War in general, and for the student of Gettysburg in particular.”