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The Richmond-Petersburg Campaign, 1864-65

Author: Charles R Bowery
Publisher: Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2014]
Series: Battles and leaders of the American Civil War.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Richmond-Petersburg Campaign lasted for ten months, the longest in any theater of the war, and dwarfed all of the war's other campaigns for length of sustained combat, distances covered by the opposing forces, number of troops deployed, and number of battles and engagements. Yet this military operation has traditionally received little attention from scholars, considering its importance in bringing the war to an  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles R Bowery
ISBN: 9781440800436 144080043X
OCLC Number: 863192024
Description: xxi, 195 pages, 18 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.
Contents: To the James River: battles, leaders, and armies in the east, 1864 --
The First Battle of Petersburg: June 15-18, 1864 --
Roads, railroads, and a crater: June-July 1864 --
The fight for the Weldon Railroad: August 1864 --
Autumn offensives: Grant pushes west, September-October 1864 --
Societies at war: winter 1864-1865 --
Endgame: the fall of Richmond and Petersburg.
Series Title: Battles and leaders of the American Civil War.
Responsibility: Charles R. Bowery Jr.

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A compelling narrative of one of the Civil War's most pivotal campaigns in which Federal armies drove Robert E. Lee's army to the brink of defeat in April 1865.  Read more...

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