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Breastworks Are Good Things to Have on Battlefields: Confederate Engineering Operations and Field Fortifications in the Overland Campaign

Keith S. Bohannon

in Cold Harbor To the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469625331
eISBN:
9781469625355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625331.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Increasingly sophisticated fieldworks became a notable feature of operations in May-July 1864. By the time of the fighting outside Petersburg on June 15-18, many Union soldiers had reached a breaking ... More


The Two Generals Who Resist Each Other: Perceptions of Grant and Lee in the Summer of 1864

Gary W. Gallagher

in Cold Harbor To the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469625331
eISBN:
9781469625355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625331.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Gary W. Gallagher’s opening essay focuses on Grant and Lee, who occupied singular positions in their respective nations. Both were compared to George Washington, a sure indication that fellow ... More


Cold Harbor To the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign

Gary W. Gallagher and Caroline E. Janney (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469625331
eISBN:
9781469625355
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625331.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Between the end of May and the beginning of August 1864, Lt. Gen. U. S. Grant and Gen. R. E. Lee oversaw the transition between the Overland campaign—a remarkable saga of maneuvring, digging, and ... More


I Told Him to Go On: Enduring Cold Harbor

Kathryn Shively Meier

in Cold Harbor To the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469625331
eISBN:
9781469625355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625331.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Kathryn Shively Meier examines Union and Confederate soldiers in her essay. The battle of Cold Harbor famously has been described as “not war” but “murder.” Veterans and historians alike have ... More


Mackenzie, Gillespie, Calef, Egan, Dearing, and Schaff during the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns

Brian R. McEnany

in For Brotherhood and Duty: The Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780813160627
eISBN:
9780813165479
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813160627.003.0013
Subject:
History, Military History

From May to July, 1864, several members of the class participated in the Overland campaign and the siege of Petersburg with the Army of the Potomac. George Gillespie’s actions at Bethesda Church as ... More


Francis Channing Barlow’s Civil War

Joan Waugh

in Cold Harbor To the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469625331
eISBN:
9781469625355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625331.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Joan Waugh’s essay examines the arc of General Francis Channing Barlow’s Civil War, from enlistment as a private in April 1861 through his promotion to major general in 1865. She argues that he can ... More


Repairing an Army: A Look at the New Troops in the Army of Northern Virginia in May and June 1864

Robert E. L. Krick

in Cold Harbor To the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469625331
eISBN:
9781469625355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625331.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Robert E. L. Krick’s essay surveys the assimilation of new troops into the Army of the Northern Virginia following the heavy losses sustained throughout May. The army had to be rebuilt on the move by ... More


Trench Warfare Under Grant & Lee: Field Fortifications in the Overland Campaign

Earl J. Hess

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807831540
eISBN:
9781469603292
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807882382_hess
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This book's study of armies and fortifications turns to the 1864 Overland Campaign to cover battles from the Wilderness to Cold Harbor. Drawing on meticulous research in primary sources and careful ... More


Grant Finally Takes Command: How the Race to Appomattox Was Won

William W. Bergen

in Petersburg to Appomattox: The End of the War in Virginia

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781469640761
eISBN:
9781469640785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640761.003.0002
Subject:
History, Military History

William Bergen argues that such a turn-around occurred only once Grant was able to institute his own aggressive brand of warfare with the armies of the James and Potomac – once he finally, and ... More


Grant’s Disengagement from Cold Harbor: June 12–13, 1864

Gordon C. Rhea

in Cold Harbor To the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469625331
eISBN:
9781469625355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625331.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Elements of the Army of the Potomac disengaged from Lee at Cold Harbor to cross the James River and approach Petersburg. Gordon C. Rhea’s essay takes a fresh, and somewhat revisionist, look at ... More


The Spotsylvania Campaign

Gary W. Gallagher (ed.)

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807824023
eISBN:
9781469604411
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807898376_gallagher
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

The Spotsylvania Campaign was a crucial period in the protracted confrontation between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee in spring 1864. Approaching the campaign from a variety of perspectives, the ... More


War at Our Own Doors

A. Wilson Greene

in Campaign of Giants--The Battle for Petersburg: Volume 1: From the Crossing of the James to the Crater

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781469638577
eISBN:
9781469638591
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638577.003.0001
Subject:
History, Military History

This chapter provides the geographic, operational, social, and economic background to the Petersburg Campaign. It introduces the commanders of the four armies involved in the campaign and outlines ... More


We Will Finish the War Here: Confederate Morale in the Petersburg Trenches, June and July 1864

M. Keith Harris

in Cold Harbor To the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469625331
eISBN:
9781469625355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625331.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

M. Keith Harris examines morale among Confederate soldiers in the trenches around Petersburg. Despite common perceptions among later historians that the siege marked the beginning of an inevitable ... More


A War Thoroughfare: Confederate Civilians and the Siege of Petersburg

Caroline E. Janney

in Cold Harbor To the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469625331
eISBN:
9781469625355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625331.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Caroline E. Janney’s essay directs attention away from the battlefront to the civilian experience during the siege. Giving full attention to conditions in June and July 1864, Janney also extends her ... More


Our Troops Should Occupy and Hold at Least a Portion of Texas: Banks’s Overland Campaign, July–November 1863

Thomas W. Cutrer

in Theater of a Separate War: The Civil War West of the Mississippi River, 1861-1865

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469631561
eISBN:
9781469631585
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631561.003.0016
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks, having failed to achieve a foothold in Texas with an amphibious invasion, attempted an overland campaign across south Louisiana in the summer and fall of 1863. He was ... More


The Devil Himself Could Not Have Checked Them: Fighting with Black Soldiers at the Crater

Kevin M. Levin

in Cold Harbor To the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469625331
eISBN:
9781469625355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625331.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Confederates resented the Union’s deployment of black soldiers in combat at Petersburg, using their presence to rally additional support for the Confederacy. Kevin M. Levin’s essay touches briefly on ... More


The Battle of the Crater in Recent Fiction

Stephen Cushman

in Cold Harbor To the Crater: The End of the Overland Campaign

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469625331
eISBN:
9781469625355
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625331.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

Stephen Cushman extends Levin’s coverage with an examination of the Crater in recent fiction and film. Using Charles Frazier’s best-selling Cold Mountain (1997), Anthony Minghella’s cinematic version ... More


We Can Keep All the Yankees Back That They Can Send: Morale among Hood’s Texas Brigade’s Soldiers and Their Families, 1864–1865

Susannah J. Ural

in Petersburg to Appomattox: The End of the War in Virginia

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781469640761
eISBN:
9781469640785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640761.003.0003
Subject:
History, Military History

In the spring of 1864, Hood’s Texas Brigade was recovering from a difficult winter of desertions under the guidance of a junior officer corps who restored discipline in the ranks, furnished new ... More


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