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

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

by Earl J. Hess
 

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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

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807882382
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Series:
Civil War America
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
6 MB

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Intriguing, important, and authoritative.--Military History of the West

Ilumines and educates.--Civil War Book Review

For military specialists and Civil War enthusiasts . . . Those with such a focused interest will be rewarded by reading Hess' intense study.--Journal of Southern History

An important and valuable study of a long neglected subject. . . .Illuminating.--Military History

Keeps the subject fresh while presenting the nuanced tactical differences in a logical sequential manner.--TOCWOC: A Civil War Blog

Hess tells the story with clarity and tactical detail.--Blue & Gray

Meet the Author

Earl J. Hess is Stewart W. McClelland Chair in 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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