In the Trenches at Petersburg: Field Fortifications and Confederate Defeat

In the Trenches at Petersburg: Field Fortifications and Confederate Defeat

by Earl J. Hess


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In the Trenches at Petersburg, the final volume of Earl J. Hess's trilogy of works on the fortifications of the Civil War, recounts the strategic and tactical operations around Petersburg during the last ten months of the Civil War. Hess covers all aspects of the Petersburg campaign, from important engagements that punctuated the long months of siege to mining and countermining operations, the fashioning of wire entanglements and the laying of torpedo fields to impede attacks, and the construction of underground shelters to protect the men manning the works. In the Trenches at Petersburg humanizes the experience of the soldiers working in the fortifications and reveals the human cost of trench warfare in the waning days of the struggle.

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ISBN-13: 9781469609959
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Series: Civil War America
Edition description: 1
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 1,209,781
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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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Earl Hess has written the finest study of the Petersburg Campaign in more than a century. By relating the development of the army's field engineering to the course of the combat action, and through the use of previously untapped sources, Hess brilliantly unravels the complexity of the Petersburg story. This is simply one of the finest Civil War studies of our generation.--A. Wilson Greene, Pamplin Historical Park, author of The Final Battles of the Petersburg Campaign

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