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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"Hess's argument. . . Calls into question the historical importance of the rifle-muskets, thus becoming one of the most significant historiographical debates among currently practicing Civil War military historians. . . . A valuable contribution."

The North Carolina Historical Review "A very readable, intelligent history of the Civil War in the east with emphases on fortifications."

OCWOC: A Civil War Blog "This groundbreaking book should inspire other historians to take on similar difficult but important topics. . . . When completed, [this] remarkable study will be as original, as sophisticated, as significant, and as welcome as any Civil War military history yet published."

The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society "A visit to one of the sites covered in the work will profit from Hess' description of the terrain and the armies' fortifications."

Civil War News "Recommended to anyone interested in the creation, use, and effectiveness of Civil War field fortifications."

On Point "Field fortifications played a major role in the American Civil War, evolving from a widely despised expedient to a universally recognized necessity. It is a cause for astonishment that no one has attempted a scholarly look at that burgeoning military development--until now. Field Armies and Fortifications, by Earl J. Hess, ably takes on the important topic, and makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the war. (Robert K. Krick, author of Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain and The Smoothbore Volley That Doomed the Confederacy)"

Synopsis:

Hess provides a narrative history of the use of fortifications--particularly trenches and other semi-permanent earthworks--used by Confederate and Union field armies at all major battle sites in the eastern theater of the Civil War. This comprehensive history will be an indispensable reference for Civil War buffs and historians.

Synopsis:

The eastern campaigns of the Civil War involved the widespread use of field fortifications, from Big Bethel and the Peninsula to Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Charleston, and Mine Run. While many of these fortifications were meant to last only as long as the battle, Earl J. Hess argues that their history is deeply significant. The Civil War saw more use of fieldworks than did any previous conflict in Western history.

Hess studies the use of fortifications by tracing the campaigns of the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia from April 1861 to April 1864. He considers the role of field fortifications in the defense of cities, river crossings, and railroads and in numerous battles. Blending technical aspects of construction with operational history, Hess demonstrates the crucial role these earthworks played in the success or failure of field armies. He also argues that the development of trench warfare in 1864 resulted from the shock of battle and the continued presence of the enemy within striking distance, not simply from the use of the rifle-musket, as historians have previously asserted.

Based on fieldwork at 300 battle sites and extensive research in official reports, letters, diaries, and archaeological studies, this book should become an indispensable reference for Civil War historians.

About the Author

Earl J. Hess is associate professor of history at Lincoln Memorial University. He is author of seven previous books, including Lee's Tar Heels: The Pettigrew-Kirkland-MacRae Brigade and Pickett's Charge--The Last Attack at Gettysburg.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807829318
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
Military - Strategy
Author:
Hess, Earl J.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Subject:
Big Bethel; Chancellorsville; Mine Run; Richmond; Manassas; Antietam; Maryland Campaign; Fredericksburg; Goldsborough; New Bern; Washington, North Carolina; Suffolk; Seven Pines; The Peninsula Campaign; Gettysburg; Lee s Pennsylvania Campaign; Charleston;
Subject:
Big Bethel; Chancellorsville; Mine Run; Richmond; Manassas; Antietam; Maryland Campaign; Fredericksburg; Goldsborough; New Bern; Washington, North Carolina; Suffolk; Seven Pines; The Peninsula Campaign; Gettysburg; Lee s Pennsylvania Campaign; Charleston;
Subject:
Big Bethel; Chancellorsville; Mine Run; Richmond; Manassas; Antietam; Maryland Campaign; Fredericksburg; Goldsborough; New Bern; Washington, North Carolina; Suffolk; Seven Pines; The Peninsula Campaign; Gettysburg; Lee s Pennsylvania Campaign; Charleston;
Subject:
Confederate States of America History.
Subject:
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-
Subject:
Big Bethel; Chancellorsville; Mine Run; Richmond; Manassas; Antietam; Maryland Campaign; Fredericksburg; Goldsborough; New Bern; Washington, North Carolina; Suffolk; Seven Pines; The Peninsula Campaign; Gettysburg; Lee s Pennsylvania Campaign; Charleston;
Subject:
Big Bethel; Chancellorsville; Mine Run; Richmond; Manassas; Antietam; Maryland Campaign; Fredericksburg; Goldsborough; New Bern; Washington, North Carolina; Suffolk; Seven Pines; The Peninsula Campaign; Gettysburg; Lee s Pennsylvania Campaign; Charleston;
Subject:
Big Bethel; Chancellorsville; Mine Run; Richmond; Manassas; Antietam; Maryland Campaign; Fredericksburg; Goldsborough; New Bern; Washington, North Carolina; Suffolk; Seven Pines; The Peninsula Campaign; Gettysburg; Lee s Pennsylvania Campaign; Charleston;
Subject:
Big Bethel; Chancellorsville; Mine Run; Richmond; Manassas; Antietam; Maryland Campaign; Fredericksburg; Goldsborough; New Bern; Washington, North Carolina; Suffolk; Seven Pines; The Peninsula Campaign; Gettysburg; Lee s Pennsylvania Campaign; Charleston;
Subject:
Big Bethel; Chancellorsville; Mine Run; Richmond; Manassas; Antietam; Maryland Campaign; Fredericksburg; Goldsborough; New Bern; Washington, North Carolina; Suffolk; Seven Pines; The Peninsula Campaign; Gettysburg; Lee s Pennsylvania Campaign; Charleston;
Subject:
Big Bethel; Chancellorsville; Mine Run; Richmond; Manassas; Antietam; Maryland Campaign; Fredericksburg; Goldsborough; New Bern; Washington, North Carolina; Suffolk; Seven Pines; The Peninsula Campaign; Gettysburg; Lee s Pennsylvania Campaign; Charleston;
Subject:
Big Bethel; Chancellorsville; Mine Run; Richmond; Manassas; Antietam; Maryland Campaign; Fredericksburg; Goldsborough; New Bern; Washington, North Carolina; Suffolk; Seven Pines; The Peninsula Campaign; Gettysburg; Lee s Pennsylvania Campaign; Charleston;
Subject:
Big Bethel; Chancellorsville; Mine Run; Richmond; Manassas; Antietam; Maryland Campaign; Fredericksburg; Goldsborough; New Bern; Washington, North Carolina; Suffolk; Seven Pines; The Peninsula Campaign; Gettysburg; Lee s Pennsylvania Campaign; Charleston;
Subject:
Big Bethel; Chancellorsville; Mine Run; Richmond; Manassas; Antietam; Maryland Campaign; Fredericksburg; Goldsborough; New Bern; Washington, North Carolina; Suffolk; Seven Pines; The Peninsula Campaign; Gettysburg; Lee s Pennsylvania Campaign; Charleston;
Subject:
Big Bethel; Chancellorsville; Mine Run; Richmond; Manassas; Antietam; Maryland Campaign; Fredericksburg; Goldsborough; New Bern; Washington, North Carolina; Suffolk; Seven Pines; The Peninsula Campaign; Gettysburg; Lee s Pennsylvania Campaign; Charleston;
Subject:
Big Bethel
Subject:
Chancellorsville
Subject:
Mine Run
Subject:
Richmond
Subject:
Manassas
Subject:
Antietam
Subject:
Maryland Campaign
Subject:
Fredericksburg
Subject:
Goldsborough
Subject:
New Bern
Subject:
Washington, North Carolina
Subject:
Suffolk
Subject:
Seven Pines
Subject:
The Peninsula Campaign
Subject:
Gettysburg
Subject:
Lee s Pennsylvania Campaign
Subject:
Charleston
Subject:
Battery Wagner
Subject:
Bristoe Station
Subject:
Plymouth, North Carolina
Subject:
Yorktown
Subject:
Harpers Ferry
Subject:
Chaffin s Bluff
Subject:
Williamsburg
Subject:
James Island
Subject:
Wynn s Mill
Subject:
Garrow s Point
Subject:
Lee s Mill
Subject:
Centreville
Subject:
Fort Totten
Subject:
Fort Slemmer
Subject:
Camp Bartow, West Virginia
Subject:
Camp Alleghany, West Virginia
Subject:
Grapevine Bridge, Chickahominy River
Subject:
Fort Sumner
Subject:
Fair Oaks
Subject:
Mechanicsville
Subject:
Second Manassas
Subject:
Loudoun Heights
Subject:
Maryland Heights
Subject:
Prospect Hill
Subject:
Hazel Grove
Subject:
Marye s Hill
Subject:
Culp s Hill
Subject:
Little Round Top
Subject:
Seminary Ridge
Subject:
Morris Island
Subject:
Trenches
Subject:
berms
Subject:
Overland Campaign
Subject:
Williamsbur
Subject:
G
Subject:
US History-1800 to Civil War
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Civil War America
Publication Date:
April 2005
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.38 in

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Field Armies and Fortifications in the Civil War: The Eastern Campaigns, 1861-1864 (Civil War America)
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Product details 464 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807829318 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Hess provides a narrative history of the use of fortifications--particularly trenches and other semi-permanent earthworks--used by Confederate and Union field armies at all major battle sites in the eastern theater of the Civil War. This comprehensive history will be an indispensable reference for Civil War buffs and historians.
"Synopsis" by , The eastern campaigns of the Civil War involved the widespread use of field fortifications, from Big Bethel and the Peninsula to Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Charleston, and Mine Run. While many of these fortifications were meant to last only as long as the battle, Earl J. Hess argues that their history is deeply significant. The Civil War saw more use of fieldworks than did any previous conflict in Western history.

Hess studies the use of fortifications by tracing the campaigns of the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia from April 1861 to April 1864. He considers the role of field fortifications in the defense of cities, river crossings, and railroads and in numerous battles. Blending technical aspects of construction with operational history, Hess demonstrates the crucial role these earthworks played in the success or failure of field armies. He also argues that the development of trench warfare in 1864 resulted from the shock of battle and the continued presence of the enemy within striking distance, not simply from the use of the rifle-musket, as historians have previously asserted.

Based on fieldwork at 300 battle sites and extensive research in official reports, letters, diaries, and archaeological studies, this book should become an indispensable reference for Civil War historians.

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