The Confederate Alamo: Bloodbath at Petersburg's Fort Gregg on April 2 1865


Major General John Gibbon with 24th Corps recipients of the Medal of Honor for heroism in the Battle of Fort Gregg. Believed to be the only known photograph that prominently displays captured Confederate battle flags.

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The Confederate Alamo: Bloodbath at Petersburg's Fort Gregg on April 2, 1865

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Major General John Gibbon with 24th Corps recipients of the Medal of Honor for heroism in the Battle of Fort Gregg. Believed to be the only known photograph that prominently displays captured Confederate battle flags.

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“Thoroughly researched, Mr. Fox’s tome is an impressive scholarly achievement.  It is a well balanced presentation of the struggle, both inside and outside the fort, giving both the Confederate and Union points of view.” Jim Miller, Civil War Notebook Blog, February 27, 2011.

“The battle action is well written, entertaining, and ties in nicely with the regimental maps scattered throughout the book.”  “Chapters are broken down chronologically and by unit with the alternating views of the action between the Confederate and Union perspective. This creates a growing tension in a desperate situation as the fort’s defenders are slowly whittled down in strength and ammunition.”   “A well-told account of one of the most dramatic last stands in the entire Civil War.” Brett Schulte, Beyond the Crater Blog, February 1, 2011

“John Fox’s sweeping narrative, insightful analysis of events, and use of individual accounts personalizes combat during this very bloody battle at Petersburg. It is military history at its best.”  “This is the first full study of the attack and defense of Fort Gregg, and it will long remain the seminal portrait of this brief but bloody encounter.” Michael Russert, Civil War News, January 2011.

“While recounting the events surrounding the fight for Fort Gregg in exquisite detail, he also clearly explains the decisions of the commanders who shaped the engagement and vividly recounts the experiences of the soldiers who fought there.”  “[A] fine addition to ‘drums and trumpets’ Civil War scholarship.” Ethan S. Rafuse, America’s Civil War magazine, November 2010.

“Traces the history of one of the key battles that broke the siege of Petersburg and led to the fall of Richmond and the Union’s victory. The book includes several maps and many photos.” Richmond Times-Dispatch, October 24, 2010.

“This is a powerfully written story and will make you proud of the Americans that fought for the Blue and Gray.” The Lone Star Book Review, August 2010.

“Fox has done an excellent job tracking down quite a number of unpublished primary sources on both sides and alternates between a tactical overview and the soldiers-eye perspective.”  “This handsome volume is a great example of the sort of polished, professionally done book that is coming out of some of the better small presses today.” Fred Ray, TOCWOC- A Civil War blog, July 23, 2010, and author of  Shock Troops of the Confederacy.

“The end result is an hour-to-hour, sometimes minute-to-minute account of the battle that puts the reader in the middle of the chaos inside Fort Gregg. And while Fox uses different ‘voices’ in the narrative by extensively quoting the participants, the effect flows seamlessly.” C. L. Bragg, author of  Never for Want of Powder.

The Confederate Alamo is an impressive demonstration of author John Fox’s skill as a researcher and writer of Civil War tactical battle history. Every student captivated by the military historical aspects of the Petersburg Campaign will want a copy of this fine book. It is highly recommended.” Andrew Wagenhoffer, Civil War Books and Authors Blog, June 3, 2010.

“A riveting story of how 334 bedraggled and battle-weary Confederates stood fast against two Union corps on the morning and afternoon of April 2.”  “The result is a book meticulously researched, rich in detail and compelling story lines.” Adrian O’Connor, The Winchester Star, April 28, 2010.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971195004
  • Publisher: Angle Valley Press
  • Publication date: 4/3/2010
  • Pages: 329
  • Sales rank: 637,419
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

John J. Fox III is the author or editor of several books and articles about the Civil War. His first book, Red Clay to Richmond: Trail of the 35th Georgia Infantry Regiment, won two book awards.
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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

1 Grant Makes Plans to Bag Lee (Again) 1

2 Lee Faces a Serious Disaster 13

3 The Union Breakthrough 21

4 Confederate Third Corps Chaos 37

5 Confederates Punch Back 45

6 Reality Reaches Richmond 59

7 Gibbon's Twenty-fourth Corps Approaches Fort Gregg 69

8 Walker's Unusual Artillery Order 77

9 The Fort Gregg Defenders: An Uneasy Resolve 83

10 A Long Wait to Attack 93

11 Osborn's East Wing Attacks in First Wave 99

12 Dandy's West Wing Attacks in First Wave 115

13 The Confederate Defenders Steel Themselves for the Blue Wave 125

14 Low on Ammunition and No Reinforcements 135

15 Union Reinforcements Hit the West Wall 145

16 Another Union Division Attacks 151

17 The Blue Wave Surges over the Walls 163

18 Inside the Pit of Fort Gregg 177

19 Fort Whitworth 191

20 Did Sacrificing the Twin Forts Allow Lee to Escape? 205

Epilogue 213

Appendix A The Fort Gregg Area Today 219

Appendix B Order of Battle 225

Appendix C Fort Gregg Casualties 229

Appendix D Confederates at Fort Gregg 233

Appendix E Fort Whitworth's Controversial Artillery Withdrawal 243

Appendix F The First Union Flag on Fort Gregg Controversy 247

Appendix G Which Southern Artillery Batteries Helped Defend Fort Gregg? 249

Appendix H Fort Gregg Medal of Honor Recipients 251

Notes 255

Bibliography 295

Index 313

About the Author 329

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