This a nice find and a great read - published in 1994 by the University of South Carolina Press, and signed by the author on the title page, this is Stephen R. Wise's book entitled Gate of Hell, Campaign for Charleston Harbor, 1863. It is a hardcover volume with its original dust jacket and 312 total pages. It is in very good clean condition, with clean, tight pages and a red cover with black lettering that has been well protected by its dust jacket. The dust jacket has some shelf wear/scuffs, but is otherwise fine. Inside the front cover, a date and numbers were written in pen, but the pages are otherwise free of writing. The Union siege of Charleston, SC in 1863 was ultimately unsuccessful, but notable was that the famed 54th Massachusetts (portrayed in the film Glory) was involved, as was Clara Barton. The title of the book comes from a Northern soldier who survived the attack on Battery Wagner and described it as the "Gate of Hell". On the cover is a famous sketch by Thomas Nast of the night assault on Battery Wagner. The author covers life in the trenches during the 2 month siege as well as the siege warfare and military engineering used by both North and South.
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