The Virginia Campaign, 1864 and 1865: The Army of the Potomac and the Army of the James

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Da Capo Press, 1995 - History - 451 pages
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Most people still view the final, bloody confrontation between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee as a relentless grinding away of the Army of Northern Virginia in a continuous battle of attrition, attributing Grant's victory not to his generalship but to his overwhelming superiority in numbers. General Andrew A. Humphreys (18101883), chief of staff of the Army of the Potomac and later the fiery commander of the Second Corps, provides readers with a far more enlightened understanding in The Virginia Campaign, 1864 and 1865. Humphreys was known for his high military scholarship, conspicuous courage, and remarkable coolness in combat. Joshua Chamberlain hailed him as "the accomplished, heroic soldier, the noble and modest man."In The Virginia Campaign, Humphreys examines the strategy, battles, and consequences from the detached perspective of a historian intimately acquainted with his material. Especially valuable is his clear dissection of alternative plans of campaign. For readers seeking concise accounts of, and insightful analyses into, the battles of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania Court House, and Cold Harbor, the siege of Petersburg, the capture of Richmond, and the surrender of Lee's army, this volume in the landmark Campaigns of the Civil War series more than fulfills the requirements.
  

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Contents

The Passage of the Eapidan The Battle of
18
Spottsylvania Court House
67
Movement to the North Anna RiverThe Cavalry
119
The Cooperative Movement op the Army of
131
chapter vi
160
Passage of the Pamunkry RiverTotopotomoy
180
CHAPTER VII
194
movement against the weldon and south side
226
chapter x
267
PAQB
284
The Wester of 186465Movement to Break up
308
Movement to Turn Lees RightActions of White
323
Lees Army Assembled at Amelia Court House
373
appendix
401
APPENDIX
408
APPENDIX D
421

CHAPTER
246

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Andrew A. Humphreys was Brigadier-General, Chief of Engineers, and Brevet Major-General U.S.A.; Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac, and Commander of the Second Corps, US Army.

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