The Battle of the Crater

The Battle of the Crater

by Jeff Kinard


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781886661066
Publisher: State House/McWhiney Foundation Press
Publication date: 01/01/1998
Series: Civil War Campaigns and Commanders Series
Pages: 102
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile: 1240L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 18 Years

About the Author

JEFF KINARD holds a Ph.D. in history from Texas Christian University and is a professor of history at Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, North Carolina. He has published numerous articles and several books on military history.

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By the summer of 1864, Richmond, Virginia, was a city under siege. As Union General Ulysses S. Grant's powerful Army of the Potomac tightened its grip on the Confederate capital, General Robert E. Lee rushed the battered remnants of his Army of North Virginia into the city's outer defenses. Weakened by three years of constant fighting Lee's army was still dangerous, just weeks earlier it had inflicted horrendous losses on the Federals in the battles of the Wilderness and Sportsyvania. On June 3, east of Richmond near a tavern known as Cold Harbor, Grant's troops suffered 7,000 casualties in a matter of minutes while assaulting the Rebel lines. Still Grant's resources seemed endless while Lee's were reduced to a trickle along a tenuous lifetime to his south.

Table of Contents


1. The Key to Richmond                                   13
2. The Plan                                                        24
3. "We Looks Like Men Er War"                        37
4."A Spectacle of Appalling Grandeur"              45
5. "Into the Month of Hell"                                   55
6. "The Saddest Affair"                                       68


Jeff Kinard lives in North Carolina

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