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432 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 32 illus., 27 maps, appends., notes, bibl., index

In the Trenches at Petersburg

Field Fortifications and Confederate Defeat


In the Trenches at Petersburg, the final volume of Earl J. Hess's trilogy of works on the fortifications of the Civil War, recounts the strategic and tactical operations around Petersburg during the last ten months of the Civil War. Hess covers all aspects of the Petersburg campaign, from important engagements that punctuated the long months of siege to mining and countermining operations, the fashioning of wire entanglements and the laying of torpedo fields to impede attacks, and the construction of underground shelters to protect the men manning the works. In the Trenches at Petersburg humanizes the experience of the soldiers working in the fortifications and reveals the human cost of trench warfare in the waning days of the struggle.

About the Author

Earl J. Hess is associate professor of history at Lincoln Memorial University. He is author of many books on the Civil War, including The Civil War in the West: Victory and Defeat from the Appalachians to the Mississippi.and Kennesaw Mountain: Sherman, Johnston, and the Atlanta Campaign.


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