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.

Editorial Reviews

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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

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
Sales rank:
1,267,307
File size:
6 MB

What People are saying about this

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A detailed examination of fieldworks. . . . Ideal for any Civil War reference collection. . . . Hess's meticulous attention to detail is enough to warrant his work a place in most military reference collections or on the shelf of a Civil War enthusiast.—North Carolina Historical Review

Ilumines and educates.—Civil War Book Review

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

Both compelling and refreshing. . . . Something new for the serious enthusiast.—Civil War Times

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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