In the Trenches at Petersburg: Field Fortifications and Confederate Defeat

In the Trenches at Petersburg: Field Fortifications and Confederate Defeat

by Earl J. Hess
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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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Wonderfully written, well researched and easy to read. . . . Highly recommend[ed] to any serious student of the American Civil War. . . . Entertaining and enlightening.--This Mighty Scourge

The only book on Petersburg to focus on the significance of its fortifications. . . . A well-documented study. . . . Concludes a series that expertly charts the significance of field fortifications in the Eastern Theater.--West Virginia History

This excellent book will be of interest to those who appreciate military engineering in siege operations.--The Lone Star

This work on the trenches of Petersburg is quite excellent and should be hailed as the doctrine of trench warfare during the Petersburg Campaign. . . It is highly recommended to anyone interested in the military strategy and tactics of the Civil War.--Gettysburg Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807832820
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
07/15/2009
Series:
Civil War America Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

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By relating the development of the army's field engineering to the course of the combat action, and through the use of previously untapped sources, Hess brilliantly unravels the complexity of the Petersburg story. This is simply one of the finest Civil War studies of our generation.--A. Wilson Greene, Pamplin Historical Park, author of The Final Battles of the Petersburg Campaign

Earl Hess has written the finest study of the Petersburg Campaign in more than a century. By relating the development of the army's field engineering to the course of the combat action, and through the use of previously untapped sources, Hess brilliantly unravels the complexity of the Petersburg story. This is simply one of the finest Civil War studies of our generation.--A. Wilson Greene, Pamplin Historical Park, author of The Final Battles of the Petersburg Campaign

Meet the Author

Earl J. Hess is associate professor of 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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