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The Western Front Battles, September 1864-April 1865 (The Petersburg Campaign, Volume 2)

The Western Front Battles, September 1864-April 1865 (The Petersburg Campaign, Volume 2)

Edwin C. Bearss, Bryce Suderow

Language: English

Pages: 591

ISBN: 2:00228688

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Overview

The wide-ranging and largely misunderstood series of operations around Petersburg, Virginia, were the longest and most extensive of the entire Civil War. The fighting that began in early June 1864 when advance elements from the Union Army of the Potomac crossed the James River and botched a series of attacks against a thinly defended city would not end for nine long months.

This important—many would say decisive—fighting is presented by legendary Civil War author Edwin C. Bearss in The Petersburg Campaign: The Western Front Battles, September 1864 - April 1865, Volume 2, the second in a ground-breaking, two-volume compendium.

Although commonly referred to as the "Siege of Petersburg," that city (as well as the Confederate capital at Richmond) was never fully isolated and the combat involved much more than static trench warfare. In fact, much of the wide-ranging fighting involved large-scale Union offensives designed to cut important roads and the five rail lines feeding Petersburg and Richmond. This volume of Bearss' study includes these major battles:

- Peeble's Farm (September 29 - October 1, 1864)

- Burgess Mills (October 27, 1864)

- Hatcher Run (February 5 - 7, 1865)

- Fort Stedman (March 25, 1865)

- Five Forks Campaign (March 29 - April 1, 1865)

- The Sixth Corps Breaks Lee's Petersburg Lines (April 2, 1865)

Accompanying these salient chapters are original maps by Civil War cartographer Steven Stanley, together with photos and illustrations. The result is a richer and deeper understanding of the major military episodes comprising the Petersburg Campaign.

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gunners reached the front. The Confederates, who had been sent to gather arms abandoned in the previous afternoon’s fight, now pulled back into the woods.167 At 9:20 a.m., Warren received another note signed by General Webb. The chief of staff wanted the V Corps leader to give due consideration in drafting his plans to meet Meade’s desire that Gregg’s cavalry be withdrawn at the earliest opportunity. Twenty minutes later, Warren advised headquarters of the “slight demonstration” made by the

encountered Rebel pickets behind light fieldworks thrown up alongside the road in front of Poplar Spring Church. Shots were exchanged and the grey clads retired. Lieutenant Conahay was killed in this fighting and General Griffin was standing next to him when he fell.48 General Warren and his staff reached Poplar Spring Church hard on the heels of Griffin’s vanguard. The officers watched as Gwyn deployed his brigade into line of battle. When formed, the brigade’s line was at an angle to the large

was hit in the neck; blood spurted as if the jugular vein had been cut. “I’m killed!” the soldier cried, as he slumped to the ground. “You’re not hurt a bit,” Sheridan cried, “pick up your gun, man, and move right on to the front.” Such was the electric effect of Sheridan’s words that the wounded soldier snatched up his rifled-musket and rushed forward a dozen paces before he collapsed, never to rise again.70 At the time of Warren’s assault, Sheridan was mounted on his favorite black horse,

completed their disposition, the Rebels grimly awaited Crawford’s advance.105 As they pressed forward, Coulter’s troops “suffered severely” from the fire of Mayo’s infantry and Graham’s battery. Undaunted, however, they swept steadily ahead. Crawford’s other two brigades (Baxter’s and Kellogg’s) and two of Bartlett’s regiments (the 16th Michigan and the 91st Pennsylvania) supported Coulter’s drive down the Ford’s Church road. Entering the woods at the south end of Boisseau’s field, Coulter’s

the Federal army was now in his front. Earlier that day, with his army down to two corps, he switched the line of march so that Gordon now led the army with Longstreet holding the rear. Fitzhugh Lee’s cavalry would support Gordon’s Corps. Instructing Gordon to prepare for a breakthrough attempt early on April 9, preparations were made for a morning attack. Assembling his men at the edge of the village and supported on his right flank by cavalry, at dawn the Confederate battle line moved forward

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