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The Petersburg Campaign, Volume 1: The Eastern Front Battles, June-August 1864 by Edwin C Bearss Online



The Petersburg Campaign, Volume 1: The Eastern Front Battles, June-August 1864

The Petersburg Campaign, Volume 1: The Eastern Front Battles, June-August 1864

  • Title: The Petersburg Campaign, Volume 1: The Eastern Front Battles, June-August 1864
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  • ISBN : 9781611210903
  • Format : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Page : 434 pages


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 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 Eastern Front Battles, June August 1864, the first 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 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 of these major battles includes The Attack on Petersburg June 9, 1864 The Second Assault on Petersburg June 15 18, 1864 The Battle of the Jerusalem Plank Road June 21 24, 1864 The Crater July 30, 1864 The Battle of the Weldon Railroad August 18 21, 1864 The Second Battle of Ream s Station August 25, 1864 Accompanying these salient chapters are original maps by Civil War cartographer George Skoch, together with photos and illustrations The result is a richer and deeper understanding of the major military episodes comprising the Petersburg Campaign.About the Authors Edwin C Bearss is a world renowned military historian, author, and tour guide known for his work on the American Civil War and World War II Ed, a former WWII Marine wounded in the Pacific Theater, served as Chief Historian of the National Park Service from 1981 to 1994 and is the author of dozens of books and articles He discovered and helped raise the Union warship USS Cairo, which is on display at Vicksburg National Military Park.Bryce A Suderow is a Civil War writer and researcher living in Washington, D.C He received his B.A at Knox College and earned a Masters in American History at Sonoma State University His Masters Thesis, Thunder in Arcadia Valley, was published in 1985 Univ of Missouri Bryce has also published many articles in a number of Civil War periodicals and is recognized as one of the finest archival researchers working today.REVIEWS Ed Bearss s impeccable research and lucid prose provide a vivid tactical account of the early actions of the Petersburg Campaign Everyone interested in untangling the complex operations between Lee and Grant in the summer of 1864 will benefit from a careful reading of this excellent collection of essays A Wilson Greene, author of The Final Battles of the Petersburg Campaign Reading this book gives the same thrill as taking a tour with the King of Civil War Battlefields The elder statesman s voice resonates through every page of this detailed study of the climactic campaign in Virginia Here is pure military history Here is Ed Bearss at his best James Robertson, author of The Untold Civil War As a long time Park Historian Ret at Petersburg National Battlefield, I would constantly refer to the numerous studies now comprising Ed Bearss new The Petersburg Campaign Indeed, these monographs are still being used for battlefield preservation purposes by the park As the sesquicentennial approaches in 2014 15 for the Petersburg Campaign, these volumes will be a must for anyone who wishes to understand that complex period of the war, which could be commonly referred to as the wearing down of Lee s army Chris Calkins, author of The Appomattox Campaign, March 29 April 9, 1865 Edwin C Bearss, former chief historian for the National Park Service and a World War II hero himself, is perhaps the greatest Civil War historian of the modern era In the mid 1960s working as a research historian, Ed put together a series of Petersburg battle narratives and highly detailed troop movement maps that continue to withstand the test of time for their insightfulness and accuracy James H Blankenship, Jr., Historian Here is good news for students of the Petersburg Campaign Edwin C Bearss, former Chief Historian for the National Park Service, is publishing his studies on the Petersburg Campaign in a multivolume effort Many of us who have written on the campaign have used these studies as starting points The maps are outstanding and I have had difficulty tearing myself away from riveting accounts of the combat John Horn, author of The Destruction of the Weldon Railroad and The Petersburg Campaign, co editor of Civil War Talks Further Reminiscences of George S Bernard and his Fellow Veterans


Author Edwin C Bearss




The Petersburg Campaign, Volume 1: The Eastern Front Battles, June-August 1864 Reviews (6)

  • The annals of Civil War study tend to look towards the beginning of the war until the fateful days in July at Gettysburg and Vicksburg There is no doubt that most written works surround themselves around those campaigns before the apex of the Union and the downfall of the Confederacy The study of th [..]

  • With his endless enthusiasm, energy, and knowledge, Ed Bearss has deepened the interest of many people in the American Civil War Bearss served as Chief Historian for the National Park Service, and he has written many books, lead innumerable battlefield tours, and given lectures to large groups and s [..]

  • If you have ever traveled to the National Battlefields of the American Civil War, then there s a chance you may have heard of Edwin C Bearss Longtime veteran of the National Park Service and a WWII veteran Bearss spent much of his intellectual energy devoted to telling the story of the Vicksburg and [..]

  • History is a hard beast to write Stick too close to the facts and you get bloodless prose Stray too far and you have to wonder why they did not just write historical fiction This book falls into the first category Bearss is an awful writer Still I give this three stars for the information, the maps, [..]

  • The first volume of the Petersburg Campaign that was fought from June August 1864 during the Civil War It was the first where trench warfare was in use. [..]

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