Windmill Point has just been selected for the Finalist List of the 2016 Chanticleer Laramie Awards in Civil War Fiction, 2016.
"We must destroy this army of Grant's before he gets to the James River. If he gets there, it will become a seige and then it will be a mere question of time." — General Robert E. Lee
A gripping historical fiction that brings to life two desperate weeks during the spring of 1864, when the resolution of the American Civil War was balanced on a razor’s edge. At the time, both North and South had legitimate reasons to conclude they were very near victory. Ulysses S. Grant firmly believed that Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia was only one great assault away from implosion; Lee knew that the political will in the North to prosecute the war was on the verge of collapse.The stage was set for one of the most horrific battles of the Civil War, contrasting the conversations of decision-making generals with chilling accounts of how ordinary soldiers of both armies fared in the bloody fighting on the battlefield.
Praise for Windmill Point:
James Holden-Rhodes, author of Smart and Faithful Force: Henry Clay Cochrane and the United States Marine Corps, 1861-1905, writes, "Of greatest importance is Stempel's ability to clearly, and in an engaging manner, weave through and explain the action at Cold Harbor. His crisp, clear description of the brilliant move by Grant to disengage—unbeknownst to Lee's army—literally in the face of the enemy keeps the reader pinned to the pages. Here, Stempel lays out the strategic factors that could bring the war to an early end, or, slip into a long drawn-out siege at Petersburg." Read the full review here.
"The grit, tragedy and bold strategy of the American Civil War play out in Jim Stempel’s Windmill Point. Am I glad I read it? You bet. Stempel’s writing is vivid and meticulous." — Editor's Choice Review, Historical Novel Society.