skip to content

Hess, Earl J.

Overview
Works: 32 works in 108 publications in 1 language and 11,972 library holdings
Genres: History  Guidebooks  Military history  Personal narratives  Biography  Fiction 
Roles: Performer
Classifications: E468.9, 973.73
Publication Timeline
Key
Publications about Earl J Hess
Publications by Earl J Hess
Most widely held works by Earl J Hess
Liberty, virtue, and progress Northerners and their war for the Union by Earl J Hess( file )
10 editions published between 1988 and 1997 in English and held by 1,437 libraries worldwide
Pea Ridge : Civil War campaign in the West by William L Shea( Book )
5 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and held by 1,111 libraries worldwide
The first definitive study of a Civil War battle in the Trans-Mississippi shows how the battle of Pea Ridge in northwestern Arkansas dramatically altered the balance of power and helped ensure Union victory
Lee's Tar Heels the Pettigrew-Kirkland-MacRae Brigade by Earl J Hess( file )
5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,005 libraries worldwide
The Pettigrew-Kirkland-MacRae Brigade was one of North Carolina's best-known and most successful units during the Civil War. Formed in 1862, the brigade spent nearly a year protecting supply lines before being thrust into its first major combat at Gettysburg. There, James Johnston Pettigrew's men pushed back the Union's famed Iron Brigade in vicious fighting on July 1 and played a key role in Pickett's Charge on July 3, in the process earning a reputation as one of the hardest-fighting units in Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Despite suffering heavy losses during the Gettysburg camp
The Union soldier in battle : enduring the ordeal of combat by Earl J Hess( Book )
4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 980 libraries worldwide
"Drawing extensively upon the letters, diaries, and memoirs of Northern soldiers, Hess reveals their deepest fears and shocks, and also their sources of inner strength. By identifying recurrent themes found in these accounts, Hess constructs a multilayered view of the many ways in which these men coped with the challenges of battle."--Jacket
Lincoln Memorial University and the shaping of Appalachia by Earl J Hess( file )
5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 839 libraries worldwide
Located near Cumberland Gap in the rugged hills of East Tennessee, Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) was founded in 1897 to help disadvantaged Appalachian youth and reward the descendents of Union loyalists in the region. Its founder was former Union General Oliver Otis Howard, a personal friend of Abraham Lincoln, who made it his mission to sustain an institution of higher learning in the mountain South that would honor the memory of the Civil War president
The Knoxville Campaign Burnside and Longstreet in east Tennessee by Earl J Hess( file )
3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 764 libraries worldwide
“Hess’s account of the understudied Knoxville Campaign sheds new light on the generalship of James Longstreet and Ambrose Burnside, as well as such lesser players as Micah Jenkins and Orlando Poe. Both scholars and general readers should welcome it. The scholarship is sound, the research, superb, the writing, excellent.” —Steven E. Woodworth, author of Decision in the Heartland: The Civil War in the West In the fall and winter of 1863, Union General Ambrose Burnside and Confederate General James Longstreet vied for control of the city of Knoxville and with it the railroad that linked the Confederacy east and west. The generals and their men competed, too, for the hearts and minds of the people of East Tennessee. Often overshadowed by the fighting at Chickamauga and Chattanooga, this important campaign has never received a full scholarly treatment. In this landmark book, award-winning historian Earl J. Hess fills a gap in Civil War scholarship—a timely contribution that coincides with and commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War The East Tennessee campaign was an important part of the war in the West. It brought the conflict to Knoxville in a devastating way, forcing the Union defenders to endure two weeks of siege in worsening winter conditions. The besieging Confederates suffered equally from supply shortages, while the civilian population was caught in the middle and the town itself suffered widespread destruction. The campaign culminated in the famed attack on Fort Sanders early on the morning of November 29, 1863. The bloody repulse of Longstreet’s veterans that morning contributed significantly to the unraveling of Confederate hopes in the Western theater of operations. Hess’s compelling account is filled with numerous maps and images that enhance the reader’s understanding of this vital campaign that tested the heart of East Tennessee. The author’s narrative and analysis will appeal to a broad audience, including general readers, seasoned scholars, and new students of Tennessee and Civil War history. The Knoxville Campaign will thoroughly reorient our view of the war as it played out in the mountains and valleys of East Tennessee. EARL J. HESS is Stewart W. McClelland Distinguished Professor in Humanities and an associate professor of history at Lincoln Memorial University. He is the author of nearly twenty books, including The Civil War in the West—Victory and Defeat from the Appalachians to the Mississippi and Lincoln Memorial University and the Shaping of Appalachia
Wilson's Creek, Pea Ridge, and Prairie Grove a battlefield guide, with a section on Wire Road by Earl J Hess( file )
5 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 753 libraries worldwide
Wilson's Creek, Pea Ridge, and Prairie Grove were three of the most important battles fought west of the Mississippi River during the Civil War. They influenced that region by shaping Union military efforts while contributing to Confederate defeat. This book provides a detailed guide to these battlefields, and the major sites of each engagement
Singin' in the rain : the making of an American masterpiece by Earl J Hess( Book )
6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 745 libraries worldwide
All we were told was to write a movie -- The reason we had such good musicals -- Out of thin air you make a moment dance -- Their feet do all the work -- Come on with the rain -- Everything but dancing -- Gotta dance! -- Best musical comedy I've seen -- You dance love, and you dance joy, and you dance dreams -- Legacy
Pickett's charge--the last attack at Gettysburg by Earl J Hess( Book )
6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 702 libraries worldwide
"Drawing on exhaustive research, especially in unpublished personal accounts, Hess creates a narrative of the attack from both Union and Confederate perspectives. He examines the history of the units involved, their state of readiness, how they maneuvered under fire, and what the men who marched in the ranks thought about their participation in the assault. Ultimately, Hess explains, such an approach reveals Pickett's Charge as both a case study in how soldiers deal with combat and a dramatic episode of heroism, failure, and fate on the battlefield."--BOOK JACKET
The Civil War in the West : victory and defeat from the Appalachians to the Mississippi by Earl J Hess( Book )
5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 581 libraries worldwide
Provides a history of Civil War battles fought in the stretch of land from the Appalachians to the Mississippi, discussing how the North leveraged the manpower of free blacks and advanced technologies to come out the victor
Field armies and fortifications in the Civil War : the Eastern campaigns, 1861-1864 by Earl J Hess( Book )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 581 libraries worldwide
"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
Trench warfare under Grant & Lee : field fortifications in the Overland Campaign by Earl J Hess( Book )
7 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 497 libraries worldwide
In the study of field fortifications in the Civil War that began with Field Armies and Fortifications in the Civil War, Hess turns to the 1864 Overland campaign to cover battles from the Wilderness to Cold Harbor. Drawing on meticulous research in primary
A German in the Yankee fatherland : the Civil War letters of Henry A. Kircher by Henry A Kircher( Book )
3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 376 libraries worldwide
Banners to the breeze : the Kentucky Campaign, Corinth, and Stones River by Earl J Hess( Book )
4 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 369 libraries worldwide
"Banners to the Breeze analyzes three major Civil War campaigns that were conducted following a series of devastating Confederate defeats at the hands of Ulysses S. Grant in the spring of 1862. Earl J. Hess mixes dramatic narrative and new analysis as he brings these campaigns together in a coherent whole. Previously unpublished historic photographs of the battlefields are included."--BOOK JACKET
Kennesaw Mountain : Sherman, Johnston, and the Atlanta Campaign by Earl J Hess( Book )
4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 367 libraries worldwide
While fighting his way toward Atlanta, William T. Sherman encountered his biggest roadblock at Kennesaw Mountain, where Joseph E. Johnston's Army of Tennessee held a heavily fortified position. The opposing armies confronted each other from June 19 to July 3, 1864. Hess explains how this battle, with its combination of maneuver and combat, severely tried the patience and endurance of the common soldier and why Johnston's strategy might have been the Confederates' best chance to halt the Federal drive toward Atlanta
In the trenches at Petersburg : field fortifications & Confederate defeat by Earl J Hess( Book )
6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 337 libraries worldwide
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. 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
The rifle musket in Civil War combat : reality and myth by Earl J Hess( Book )
3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 249 libraries worldwide
"The Civil War's single-shot, muzzle-loading musket revolutionized warfare - or so we've been told for years. Noted historian Earl J. Hess forcefully challenges that claim, offering a new, clear-eyed, and convincing assessment of the rifle musket's actual performance on the battlefield and its impact on the course of the Civil War." "Hess contends that its impact was much more limited than previously supposed and was confined primarily to marginal operations such as skirmishing and sniping. He argues further that its potential to alter battle line operations was virtually nullified by inadequate training, soldiers' preference for shortrange firing, and the difficulty of seeing the enemy at a distance. He notes that bullets fired from the new musket followed a parabolic trajectory unlike those fired from smoothbores; at mid-range, those rifle balls flew well above the enemy, creating two killing zones between which troops could operate untouched. He also presents the most complete discussion to date of the development of skirmishing and sniping in the Civil War." "Drawing upon the observations and reflections of the soldiers themselves, Hess offers the most compelling argument yet made regarding the actual use of the rifle musket and its influence on Civil War combat. Engagingly written and meticulously researched, his book will be of special interest to Civil War scholars, buffs, reenactors, and gun enthusiasts alike."--Jacket
Into the Crater : the mine attack at Petersburg by Earl J Hess( Book )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 198 libraries worldwide
"The Battle of the Crater on July 30, 1864, was the defining event in the 292-day campaign around Petersburg, Virginia, in the Civil War... In this narrative account of the Crater and its aftermath, Hess identifies the most reliable evidence to be found in hundreds of published and unpublished eyewitness accounts, official reports, and historic photographs. Archaeological studies and field research on the ground itself, now preserved within the Petersburg National Battlefield, complement the archival and published sources. Hess re-creates the battle... with the sights and sounds of combat at the Crater in moment-by-moment descriptions that bring modern readers into the chaos of close range combat. Hess discusses field fortifications as well as the leadership of Union generals Grant, George Meade, and Ambrose Burnside, and of Confederate generals Lee, P.G.T Beauregard, and A.P. Hill. He also chronicles the atrocities committed against captured black soldiers, both in the heat of battle and afterward, and the efforts of some Confederate officers to halt this vicious conduct"--Dust jacket
Kennesaw Mountain Sherman, Johnston, and the Atlanta Campaign by Earl J Hess( Sound Recording )
4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 48 libraries worldwide
While fighting his way toward Atlanta, William T. Sherman encountered his biggest roadblock at Kennesaw Mountain, where Joseph E. Johnston's Army of Tennessee held a heavily fortified position. The opposing armies confronted each other from June 19 to July 3, 1864, and Sherman initially tried to outflank the Confederates. His men endured heavy rains, artillery duels, sniping, and a fierce battle at Kolb's Farm before Sherman decided to directly attack Johnston's position on June 27. Kennesaw Mountain tells the story of an important phase of the Atlanta campaign. Historian Earl J. Hess explains how this battle, with its combination of maneuver and combat, severely tried the patience and endurance of the common soldier and why Johnston's strategy might have been the Confederates' best chance to halt the Federal drive toward Atlanta. He gives special attention to the engagement at Kolb's Farm on June 22 and Sherman's assault on June 27. A final section explores the Confederate earthworks preserved within the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Dreamer : a novel by Pratibha A Dabholkar( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
Twenty-eight years after the drowning of her mother Evelyn, April Baxton becomes convinced that her mother is trying to help her solve the mysterious death through April's dreams. April enlists the aid of her son's teacher to help her interpret the dreams. In exploring her lucid dreaming experiences, she wonders if police suspicions were right... did her father Arthur kill her mother?
 
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Alternative Names
Hess, Earl J.
Languages
English (95)
Covers
Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.