The Richmond-Petersburg Campaign lasted for ten months, the longest in any theater of the war, and dwarfed all of the wars other campaigns for length of sustained combat, distances covered by the opposing forces, number of troops deployed, andMoreThe Richmond-Petersburg Campaign lasted for ten months, the longest in any theater of the war, and dwarfed all of the wars other campaigns for length of sustained combat, distances covered by the opposing forces, number of troops deployed, and number of battles and engagements.
Yet this military operation has traditionally received little attention from scholars, considering its importance in bringing the war to an end. This concise reference analyzes the grueling 1864 65 campaign, particularly its strategic, operational, and tactical decisions, which shaped the course and outcome of the war.The Richmond-Petersburg Campaign affected every segment of American society, bringing the impact of the war home to soldiers and civilians alike.
General Ulysses S. Grants armies employed more African Americans than in any other Civil War campaign, and their contributions were critical to Union victory. In an indication of the decisive importance of the campaign, the Confederacy took the unimaginable step of attempting to arm slaves for military service.A historian and lifelong resident of Virginia, Charles R.
Bowery Jr. combines a vivid narrative, in-depth character study, and technical aspects of warfare to describe the human drama of one of the Civil Wars most complex, decisive, and fascinating conflicts. This riveting account reveals how, in spite of the exceptional commands of leaders Grant and Lee, both sides suffered from personal rivalries, questions of honor, ineffective organization, and poor communication. The book concludes with an assessment of the mixed performances of both armies, the factors that influenced the outcome, and the campaigns role in ending the Civil War.