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Trench Warfare under Grant and Lee: Field Fortifications in the Overland Campaign / Edition 1

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Overview

Earl J.Hess's study of armies and fortifications turns to the 1864 Overland Campaign to cover battles from the Wilderness to Cold Harbor. Drawing on meticulous research in primary sources and careful examination of battlefields at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Bermuda Hundred, and Cold Harbor, , Hess analyzes Union and Confederate movements and tactics and the new way Grant and Lee employed entrenchments in an evolving style of battle. Hess argues that Grant's relentless and pressing attacks kept the armies always within striking distance, compelling soldiers to dig in for protection.

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"Hess's understanding of field fortifications is expertly conveyed, as are his explanations of why and how specific trenches were built. Maps and photographs add a visual layer to understanding the campaign. . . . Well-written and researched."—Maryland Historical Magazine

"The author covers familiar ground in writing about these battles, but does it in a brisk, informative way, offering his own analysis of command decisions and outcomes. . . . A valued resource."—H-Civil War

"A significant addition to the military history of the American Civil War and adds an important argument to a topic generally ignored by Civil War historians."—Canadian Journal of History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807831540
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 9/24/2007
  • Series: Civil War America Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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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Table of Contents


Preface     xiii
Engineer Assets in the Overland Campaign     1
The Wilderness     19
Spotsylvania, May 8-11     45
The Mule Shoe Salient at Spotsylvania, May 12     65
Spotsylvania, May 13-20     83
Bermuda Hundred     99
North Anna     121
Cold Harbor, May 27-June 2     139
Attack and Siege-Cold Harbor, June 3-7     155
Holding the Trenches at Cold Harbor, June 7-12     179
Conclusion     205
The Design and Construction of Field Fortifications in the Overland Campaign     217
Notes     255
Bibliography     291
Index     305
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  • Posted May 27, 2010

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    Life and Death in the Dirt during the Overland Campaign

    If you wish to better appreciate the deadly nature of Civil War combat in the eastern theater during the spring of 1864, you need to read this excellent study. Earl Hess has burnished his already exceptional reputation for painstaking research, clear prose, and successfully balancing the plans and orders of field commanders with the basic brutality of life at the point of the bayonet and along the trench lines that snaked across almost every ridge line from Fredericksburg to Richmond. First class scholarship!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2007

    The Second in the Series on Field Trench Warfare

    An excellent study of trench warfare and the continuation of a three-part series. Dr. Earl J. Hess has successfully covered his research in the Overland Campaign. The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor and Bermuda Hundred are examined in thorough detail. Hess describes both the Union and Confederate field earthworks, and how Grant and Lee used them. This new era of field entrenchments kept both armies within striking distance of each other. This enabled the soldiers to dig in for self-protection. The work is an excellent example of serious research, which goes beyond the encyclopedic type book on the individual battles. Hess uses historic photographs and new maps of trench remnants to explain and strengthen his case. Despite massive casualties Grant pressed forward to gain the strategic control and the initiative. Grant was able to hold it for the rest of the war in the eastern theater. I eagerly await Dr. Hess writing of the third installment, which is to cover Petersburg.

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