26 August 2008 by Published in: Civil War books and authors 6 comments

I learned something new today.

Apparently, I have an inimitable pen, whatever that means. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Washington Times has a book blog that periodically features Civil War books. The most recent entry had a very favorable review of One Continuous Fight which I will share with you here:

“Lee In Retreat” book out — good read

The Civil War (View Blog)

POSTED July 31 2008 9:55 AM BY MARTHA M. BOLTZ

From the inimitable pen of Eric Wittenberg and friends, author of numerous highly regarded works of history, comes a new book entitled “One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14,1863.”

Even though the title is probably one of the longest in history, the book itself is 510 pages long, illustrated, and zeroes in on the massive planning and implementation of Lee’s retreat. Logistically an ongoing nightmare to move a large army in what was termed relatively unfamiliar and unfriendly territory, in an effort to get to somewhere safe, all the time being still pursued by the enemy.

Mr. Wittenberg, along with co-authors J. David Petruzzi whose specialty is cavalry actions, and Michael F. Nugent, a relative newcomer to the publishing arena, outlines the problems of cavalry placement and materiel moving, as well as the numerous engagements which the retreating army was forced to stop and fight. The off and on fighting resulted in additional casualties, which added the necessity of burying the dead in the midst of the retreat.

It looks like a promising book of details in a little known aspect of the war.

I never knew that I had an inimitable pen. I like using a fountain pen, but I’m certainly not alone in that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for the very kind words and the laugh, Martha. Both were appreciated very much.

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  1. Tue 26th Aug 2008 at 11:01 pm

    “In*im”i*ta*ble\, a. [L. inimitabilis: cf. F. inimitable. See In- not, and Imitable.] Not capable of being imitated, copied, or counterfeited; beyond imitation; surpassingly excellent; matchless; unrivaled; exceptional; unique; as, an inimitable style; inimitable eloquence. “Inimitable force.”

    Who could not agree? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. P Trostle
    Wed 27th Aug 2008 at 8:41 am

    I have a BIC.

  3. Wed 27th Aug 2008 at 10:29 am

    “From the inimitable pen of Eric Wittenberg and friends…”

    So do we all have the same pen? If so, I can’t find it!

  4. Wed 27th Aug 2008 at 10:33 am


    It’s one of those Flair markers we used as kids. ๐Ÿ™‚


    Why am I not surprised? ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Wed 27th Aug 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Can I borrow that pen sometime? =) Great review, Eric. Congratulations. =)

  6. Wed 27th Aug 2008 at 7:41 pm

    I guess it’s better than having an irritable pen. ๐Ÿ™‚


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