In the Trenches at Petersburg: Field Fortifications and Confederate Defeat

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Apr 1, 2011 - History - 432 pages
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In the Trenches at Petersburg, the final volume of Earl J. Hess's trilogy of works on the fortifications of the Civil War, recounts the strategic and tactical operations around Petersburg during the last ten months of the Civil War. Hess covers all aspects of the Petersburg campaign, from important engagements that punctuated the long months of siege to mining and countermining operations, the fashioning of wire entanglements and the laying of torpedo fields to impede attacks, and the construction of underground shelters to protect the men manning the works. In the Trenches at Petersburg humanizes the experience of the soldiers working in the fortifications and reveals the human cost of trench warfare in the waning days of the struggle.

 

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Joined with “Field Armies and Fortifications in the Civil War: The Eastern Campaigns” and “Trench Warfare under Grant and Lee: Field Fortifications in the Overland Campaign”, this book completes an ... Read full review

Contents

Engineers and War
1
Crossing the James River
9
Three Days in June
21
Searching for a Solution
38
Digging In
50
Soldiering in the Trenches
65
The Third Offensive
78
The Crater
90
November December and January
199
Winter
215
The Seventh Offensive February and March
229
Fort Stedman and the Eighth Offensive
245
The Ninth Offensive April 2
264
Conclusion
280
Artifacts of War
287
The RichmondPetersburg Line
295

August
107
The Fourth Offensive
124
September
142
The Fifth Offensive
160
October and the Sixth Offensive
182
Notes
317
Bibliography
377
Index
399
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Earl J. Hess is Stewart W. McClelland Chair in history at Lincoln Memorial University. He is author of many books on the Civil War, including, most recently, The Civil War in the West: Victory and Defeat from the Appalachians to the Mississippi.

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