The Battle of White Sulphur Springs

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Though West Virginia was founded for the purpose of remaining loyal to the Union, severing ties with Virginia, home of the capital of the Confederacy, would prove difficult. West Virginia's fate would be tested on its battlegrounds. In August 1863, Union general William Woods Averell led a six-hundred-mile raid culminating in the Battle of White Sulphur Springs in Green Brier County. Colonel George S. Patton, grandfather of the legendary World War II general, met Averell with a dedicated Confederate force. After ...

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Overview

Though West Virginia was founded for the purpose of remaining loyal to the Union, severing ties with Virginia, home of the capital of the Confederacy, would prove difficult. West Virginia's fate would be tested on its battlegrounds. In August 1863, Union general William Woods Averell led a six-hundred-mile raid culminating in the Battle of White Sulphur Springs in Green Brier County. Colonel George S. Patton, grandfather of the legendary World War II general, met Averell with a dedicated Confederate force. After a fierce two-day battle, Patton defeated Averell, forcing him to retreat and leave West Virginia, and ultimately the Union, in the balance. Civil War historian Eric J. Wittenberg presents a fascinating in-depth analysis of the proceedings in the first book-length study of this important battle.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609490058
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Introduction 13

1 William Woods Averell and His Raiders 19

2 For Want of a Nail: The Raid Begins 37

3 The Confederates Respond 53

4 The Battle Is Joined 71

5 Costly Climax on August 26 93

6 Averell Withdraws 105

7 Averell's Retreat and the Confederate Pursuit 117

8 An Assessment of the Battle of White Sulphur Springs 127

Appendix A Order of Battle 141

Appendix B Captain Paul Freiherr von K├Ânig 143

Notes 155

Bibliography 175

Index 183

About the Author 191

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