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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jul 17, James Durney rated it it was amazing. While these books are specific to the East, all armies shared many of the techniques and attitudes. The Petersburg Campaign has very few general studies and only this book concentrates on fortifications. The author has created a first rate history of the campaign with the fortifications central to the story. In doing so, he has added a valuable and much needed book to our library.
This book works on several levels: Hess is one of our best authors, writing with a sure ability and full knowledge of the subject. His books are a joy to read as well as a source of information. We start by covering the engineering abilities of the two armies and their approach to fortifications, cross the James River encounter the Confederates and stalemate. These fifty pages are a solid foundation for the balance of the book.
Each decision comes after a decision of the events leading up to it, allowing the reader to fully understand the issues, options and reasons for this course of action. This approach makes the campaign both understandable and logical.
Interspersed between these chapters are chapters on the fortifications. These chapters cover the building and maintaining of earthen forts. The strongest part is living conditions and how the armies tried to cope. This is some of the strongest writing on the Petersburg Campaign I have seen.grupoavigase.com/includes/169/4776-hombre-32.php
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The author is not inserting a couple of required chapters but making this part of the story. The result is a very strong dual history of military operations and fortifications. Maps are very good, plentiful and illustrative of the text. As we get deeper into the military operations, the maps are closer together. I never had problems finding a map nor finding what I need on a map.
The illustrations are excellent. For the most part, they are Nineteenth Century photographs of the fortifications taken shortly after the war. The well-placed illustrations have text telling us what we are looking at and what to look for. The footnotes are helpful, use excellent sources and correctly formatted. Appendix 1 is a look at how the fortifications fared after the war, a short history of preservation or exploitation that resulted in the present parks. Appendix 2 is a technical discussion on the fortifications.
This is an excellent readable history of the Petersburg Campaign and a technical discussion of the fortifications. You should consider this when building or maintaining your Civil War library. Sep 13, Steven Peterson rated it liked it. A detailed analysis of the field fortifications at Petersburg, one of the roughest battles of the Civil War, lasting from June, to the first of April, Both Union and Confederate forces developed sophisticated entrenchments and other fortifications to defend their lines. The book's analysis of these fortifications is well detailed.
Appendices provide great depth of information on key forts and other defensive positions. For those interested in this rather specialized subject, a nice res A detailed analysis of the field fortifications at Petersburg, one of the roughest battles of the Civil War, lasting from June, to the first of April, For those interested in this rather specialized subject, a nice resource.
Oct 29, Jimmy rated it liked it Shelves: Very detailed examination of the construction and use of field fortifications during the Petersburg Campaign. Also, the book got off-topic at a few points for example, the author spends several pages discussing Confederate desertions.
Dec 25, Damian Shiels rated it it was amazing. A must for anyone interested in the Petersburg Campaign, or in the development of fortifications during the war. Ernest rated it really liked it Jun 01, Hampton rated it it was amazing Aug 17, Heinz Reinhardt rated it really liked it Nov 30, David rated it liked it Jan 19, Eric Williams rated it it was amazing Oct 31, Jim Costello rated it it was amazing Dec 29, Paul Guzman rated it liked it Dec 12, Will Hickox rated it really liked it Jan 09, Michael Noirot rated it really liked it Dec 31, Matthew Ericson rated it liked it Mar 24, Josh rated it liked it Feb 17, Gettysburg--Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill.
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