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In the trenches at Petersburg : field fortifications & Confederate defeat /
Earl J. Hess.
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
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xxi, 403 p.
ISBN
0807832820 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780807832820 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
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0807832820 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780807832820 (cloth : alk. paper)
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6866303
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Contains the fine scholarship and clear prose we have come to expect from Hess. . . [It] will stand as a definitive study on the Petersburg Campaign." - On Point
"Contains the fine scholarship and clear prose we have come to expect from Hess. . . [It] will stand as a definitive study on the Petersburg Campaign." -On Point
"Even without the incredibly detailed analysis of field fortifications, [this book] would stand alone as campaign history. . . . A testament to the author's years of study on the topic." --H-Civil War
"Even without the incredibly detailed analysis of field fortifications, [this book] would stand alone as campaign history. . . . A testament to the author's years of study on the topic." -H-Civil War
"Hess disputes much of what we have come to know about the Petersburg siege in this crisply written and thoroughly researched volume. . . . A splendid book that successfully places the campaign in a larger military context . . . should serve as the standard single-volume history for decades to come." - Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
"Hess has a well-deserved reputation as the master on American Civil War field fortifications. . . . [Makes] a coherent whole of the months-long contest by placing the series of offensives and counteroffensives like beads on a string of digging, tunneling, and mining. . . . Hess fans and students of field fortifications will be pleased, and others will find a work of first class military history." - Journal of America's Military Past
"Hess has a well-deserved reputation as the master on American Civil War field fortifications. . . . [Makes] a coherent whole of the months-long contest by placing the series of offensives and counteroffensives like beads on a string of digging, tunneling, and mining. . . . Hess fans and students of field fortifications will be pleased, and others will find a work of first class military history." -Journal of America's Military Past
"Hess has crafted an exceedingly well researched and well argued book. . . .At the moment, there is no better scholarly or popular guide to the campaign." - The Journal of Southern History
"[Hess's three-volume] set unquestionably deserves recognition as groundbreaking work on an important topic. It will be the standard for years." -- Robert Krick,America's Civil War
"[Hess's three-volume] set unquestionably deserves recognition as groundbreaking work on an important topic. It will be the standard for years." -Robert Krick, America's Civil War
"[Hess's three-volume] set unquestionably deserves recognition as groundbreaking work on an important topic. It will be the standard for years." '” Robert Krick,America's Civil War
"Humanizes the experience of the soldiers working in the fortifications." - McCormick Messenger
"Humanizes the experience of the soldiers working in the fortifications." --McCormick Messenger
"Humanizes the experience of the soldiers working in the fortifications." '”McCormick Messenger
"Provides extensive details to illuminate the subject. . . . An outstanding source for anyone researching Civil War trench warfare at Petersburg and Richmond." - Virginia Libraries
"Provides extensive details to illuminate the subject. . . . An outstanding source for anyone researching Civil War trench warfare at Petersburg and Richmond." -Virginia Libraries
"Takes an in-depth look at the war's final evolution of field fortifications and countermeasures, and explores the central role they played in the various Union offensives conducted during the ten-month Petersburg campaign. . . . Impressive." - Civil War Books and Authors Blog
"Takes an in-depth look at the war's final evolution of field fortifications and countermeasures, and explores the central role they played in the various Union offensives conducted during the ten-month Petersburg campaign. . . . Impressive." --Civil War Books and Authors Blog
"Takes an in-depth look at the war's final evolution of field fortifications and countermeasures, and explores the central role they played in the various Union offensives conducted during the ten-month Petersburg campaign. . . . Impressive." '”Civil War Books and Authors Blog
"The best single study of the grand tactics and strategy of the campaign. . . . An outstanding conclusion to a trilogy of books that belong on the shelf of any serious student of the Civil War's Eastern Theater." - Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
"The best single study of the grand tactics and strategy of the campaign. . . . An outstanding conclusion to a trilogy of books that belong on the shelf of any serious student of the Civil War's Eastern Theater." -Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
"The [book is the] result of Hess's indefatigable research in a wide range of sources and his imaginative field study of extant battlefields. . . . This volume and its companions, even more innovative and important than his previous outstanding studies, should give Earl J. Hess his rightful place among the best Civil War historians of our time." - Civil War History
"The [book is the] result of Hess's indefatigable research in a wide range of sources and his imaginative field study of extant battlefields. . . . This volume and its companions, even more innovative and important than his previous outstanding studies, should give Earl J. Hess his rightful place among the best Civil War historians of our time." --Civil War History
"The [book is the] result of Hess's indefatigable research in a wide range of sources and his imaginative field study of extant battlefields. . . . This volume and its companions, even more innovative and important than his previous outstanding studies, should give Earl J. Hess his rightful place among the best Civil War historians of our time." '”Civil War History
"The only book on Petersburg to focus on the significance of its fortifications. . . . A well-documented study. . . . Concludes a series that expertly charts the significance of field fortifications in the Eastern Theater." - West Virginia History
"This book and its two companion volumes will be the starting point for students of field fortifications in the American Civil War for the foreseeable future." - Louisiana History
"Wonderfully written, well researched and easy to read. . . . Highly recommend[ed] to any serious student of the American Civil War. . . . Entertaining and enlightening." --The Mighty Scourge
"Wonderfully written, well researched and easy to read. . . . Highly recommend[ed] to any serious student of the American Civil War. . . Entertaining and enlightening." - The Mighty Scourge
"Wonderfully written, well researched and easy to read. . . . Highly recommend[ed] to any serious student of the American Civil War. . . Entertaining and enlightening." '”The Mighty Scourge
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Summaries
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The Petersburg campaign began June 15, 1864, with Union attempts to break an improvised line of Confederate field fortifications. By the time the campaign ended on April 2, 1865, two opposing lines of sophisticated and complex earthworks stretched for thirty-five miles, covering not only Petersburg but also the southeastern approaches to Richmond. This book, the third volume in Earl Hess's trilogy on the war in the eastern theater, recounts the strategic and tactical operations in Virginia during the last ten months of the Civil War, when field fortifications dominated military planning and the landscape of battle.Hess extracts evidence from maps and earthworks systems, historic photographs of the entrenchments, extensive research in published and archival accounts by men engaged in the campaign, official engineering reports, modern sound imaging to detect mine galleries, and firsthand examination of the remnants of fortifications on the Petersburg battlefield today. The book covers all aspects of the campaign, especially military engineering, including mining and countermining, the fashioning of wire entanglements, the laying of torpedo fields, and the construction of underground shelters to protect the men who manned the works. It also humanizes the experience of the soldiers working in the fortifications, revealing their attitudes toward attacking and defending earthworks and the human cost of trench warfare in the waning days of the war.

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