As The Last Full Measure opens, Gettysburg is past and the war advances to its third brutal year. On the Union side, the gulf between the politicians in Washington and the generals in the field yawns ever wider. Never has the cumbersome Union Army so desperately needed a decisive, hard-nosed leader. It is at this critical moment that Lincoln places Ulysses S. Grant in command-and turns the tide of the war. Battle by staggering battle, Shaara dramatizes the escalating confrontation between Lee and Grant--complicated, heroic, deeply troubled men. From the costly Battof of the Wilderness to the agonizing siege of Petersburg to Lee's epoch-making surrender at At Appomattox, Shaara protrays the riverting conclusin oof the Civil War through the minds and hearts of the individuals who gave their last full measure.cProvided by the publisher.