Petersburg 1864–65

The longest siege

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Petersburg 1864–65

The longest siege

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In 1864, Petersburg, Virginia became the setting for one of the last great campaigns of the American Civil War (1861-1865) and the longest siege in American History. After his failure to capture Richmond in the Spring, General Ulysses S. Grant decided to strangle the life out of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia by surrounding the city of Petersburg and cutting off General Robert E. Lee's supply lines.

The ensuing siege would carry on for nearly ten months, involve 160,000 soldiers, and see a number of pitched battles including the Battle of the Crater, Reams Station, Hatcher's Run, and White Oak Road. But around these battles were long days of living in trenches, enduring poor diet and winter weather, and suffering constant artillery bombardment. In April of 1865, Grant ordered a sweeping offensive against the beleaguered Confederates, which broke Lee's right flank and forced him to retreat to Appomattox Court House, where he surrendered a week later.

Written by an expert on the American Civil War, this book examines the last clash between the armies of U.S. Grant and Robert E. Lee.

Table of Contents

Origins of the campaign/Chronology/Opposing commanders/Opposing armies/Orders of battle/Opposing Plans/The campaign and siege/The battles/Aftermath/The battlefield today/Further reading/Index

Product details

Published May 19 2009
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781846033551
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 40 b/w; 33 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 208
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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