Petersburg 1864-65: The longest siege (Campaign)

Petersburg 1864-65: The longest siege (Campaign)

Ron Field


In 1864, Petersburg, Virginia turned the environment for one of many final nice campaigns of the yank Civil battle (1861-1865) and the longest siege in American background. After his failure to trap Richmond within the Spring, normal Ulysses S. provide made up our minds to strangle the lifestyles out of the accomplice military of Northern Virginia via surrounding the town of Petersburg and removing common Robert E. Lee's provide strains.

The resulting siege may stick with it for almost ten months, contain 160,000 squaddies, and spot a couple of pitched battles together with the conflict of the Crater, Reams Station, Hatcher's Run, and White Oak street. yet round those battles have been lengthy days of dwelling in trenches, enduring terrible vitamin and wintry weather climate, and agony consistent artillery bombardment. In April of 1865, furnish ordered a sweeping offensive opposed to the beleaguered Confederates, which broke Lee's correct flank and compelled him to retreat to Appomattox court docket residence, the place he surrendered per week later.

Written by way of knowledgeable at the American Civil battle, this ebook examines the final conflict among the armies of U.S. provide and Robert E. Lee.

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