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Field armies and fortifications in the Civil War : the Eastern campaigns, 1861-1864

Author: Earl J Hess
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2005.
Series: Civil War America (Series)
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The eastern campaigns of the Civil War involved the widespread use of field fortifications, from Big Bethel and the Peninsula to Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Charleston, and Mine Run. While many of these fortifications were meant to last only as long as the battle and often were not detailed in official records, Earl J. Hess argues that their history is deeply significant. Even before the onset of trench warfare
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Earl J Hess
ISBN: 0807829315 9780807829318
OCLC Number: 56614106
Description: xix, 428 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Engineering war --
On to Richmond --
Western Virginia and Eastern North Carolina --
The Peninsula --
From Seven Pines to the Seven Days --
Second Manassas, Antietam, and the Maryland Campaign --
Fredericksburg --
Chancellorsville --
Goldsborough, New Bern, Washington, and Suffolk --
Gettysburg and Lee's Pennsylvania campaign --
Charleston --
The reduction of Battery Wagner --
From Bristoe Station to the fall of Plymouth.
Series Title: Civil War America (Series)
Responsibility: Earl J. Hess.
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"The eastern campaigns of the Civil War involved the widespread use of field fortifications, from Big Bethel and the Peninsula to Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Charleston, and Mine Run. While many of these fortifications were meant to last only as long as the battle and often were not detailed in official records, Earl J. Hess argues that their history is deeply significant. Even before the onset of trench warfare at the Wilderness in May 1864, the Civil War saw more use of fieldworks than did any previous conflict in Western history.".

"Hess studies the use of fortifications by tracing the campaigns of the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia from April 1861 to April 1864. He considers the role of field fortifications in the defense of cities, river crossings, and railroads and in numerous battles. Blending technical aspects of construction with operational history, Hess demonstrates the crucial role these earthworks played in the success or failure of field armies." "Based on fieldwork at 300 battle sites and extensive research in official reports, letters, diaries, and archaeological studies, this book stands to become an indispensable reference for Civil War historians."--BOOK JACKET.

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