The Bermuda Hundred Campaign: The Creole and the Beast

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The Bermuda Hundred campaign will forever be associated with General Benjamin F. Butler, and for that reason alone, it rarely receives its due. Rotund, cockeyed, egotistical and hated in the South, Butler nevertheless possessed a keen mind and the analytical powers for sound strategy. His nearly 40,000-man Army of the James boarded transport ships at Yorktown Virginia in May 1864 destined for a neck of land just outside Richmond known as Bermuda Hundred. In a series of battles over two weeks, Butler's army met a ...

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Overview

The Bermuda Hundred campaign will forever be associated with General Benjamin F. Butler, and for that reason alone, it rarely receives its due. Rotund, cockeyed, egotistical and hated in the South, Butler nevertheless possessed a keen mind and the analytical powers for sound strategy. His nearly 40,000-man Army of the James boarded transport ships at Yorktown Virginia in May 1864 destined for a neck of land just outside Richmond known as Bermuda Hundred. In a series of battles over two weeks, Butler's army met a much smaller Confederate force commanded by General P. G. T. Beauregard. Historian Bruce Wells describes the Confederate attempts to prevent Beast Butler from advancing on Richmond.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609493141
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 842,058
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Born and raised in the Old Dominion, Virginia has been home base to Bruce Wells for most of his life. He is a former resident of both Colorado and Florida. His career began in radio in his hometown of Richmond, and he later made the transition to newspapers as a sportswriter for the Palm Beach Post. His freelance work has appeared in, among others, the Dallas Morning News, the Baltimore Sun and the Cincinnati Enquirer. He is a frequent contributor to Baseball Digest. A visit to Drewry's Bluff when he was a child marked the beginning of a lifelong interest in Civil War military history. He makes his home in Henrico, Virginia, with his wife and grandson. This is his first book.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

1 The Creole 13

2 The Beast 33

3 Grant Comes East 55

4 Building an Army 62

5 Prepare for Invasion 73

6 The Confederates Respond 80

7 The Campaign Begins 91

8 First Battle of Port Walthall Junction: May 6 108

9 Second Battle of Port Walthall Junction: May 7 111

10 Battle of Swift Creek: May 9 117

11 The Battle of Chester Station: May 10 124

12 Battle of Drewry's Bluff: May 16 130

13 Ware Bottom Church: Bottled Up! 135

14 The Aftermath 138

Appendix A Army of the James 143

Appendix B Beauregard's Field Command 147

Appendix C Union Soldier's Letter 151

Bibliography 153

Index 155

About the Author 159

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    I would like to see the author of this book paying his court ord

    I would like to see the author of this book paying his court ordered child support instead of hiding from his obligations.

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