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Fort Harrison and the Battle of Chaffin's Farm: To Surprise and Capture Richmond (Civil War Sesquicentennial) Paperback – 5 Nov 2013

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  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: History Press (SC) (5 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609495810
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609495817
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Early in the morning of September 29, 1864, two Union corps under the command of General Benjamin Butler crossed the James with the goal of overwhelming Robert E. Lee s army and capturing Richmond. The Confederate defenders were vastly outnumbered; m

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Those interested in military histories of anywhere should find this particularly interesting - it damn near ended the American Civil War if the Feds had been totally successful. Descriptive to the point of being gory - Cranshaw is a great writer and brings out the history and reality of warfare. Another of those dust-ups in Virginia was the Battle of Cloyd's Mountain where General Cooke sent packing the Rebs. Nothing had been researched on this until a few years back. In a Derbyshire churchyard is a memorial stone raised as requested by the will of Augugtus Abraham Hunter who died at that battle having survived the much more serious affair of The Wilderness. The success at Cloyd's Mountain enabled Grant to gain control of the Shenandoah Valley.
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Army of the James and Grant's 5th Offensive 3 Feb. 2014
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This clear and concise book fills in needed detail concerning the effort to "Surprise and Capture Richmond." A case in point that superior numbers and resources can be easily wasted if command and control is not constantly upgraded. The why's and wherefore's of how a good plan by General Butler achieved far less than it should have. Needed detail as to why Lee's counter-attack failed and its major impact on him, described by Porter Alexander. There was now a step-off point north of the James should a general assault on the Confederate lines be ordered. Interesting testament to Grant's picture of operations in Virginia; a three pronged effort with Sheridan ordered to engage Early once report of a Division leaving him for the Tidewater was confirmed, the stab at Weldon RR and this jump at Richmond, all at the end of September, 1864.
For more detail, read, 'Battle of New Market Heights,' by James S. Price, and 'Uncommon Valor,' by Melvin Claxton,
which is the story of Sergeant Christian Fleetwood of the USCT's.
'Fort Harrison' contains a number of clear, informative maps and historical and recent action paintings.
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Glad to have it. 23 Jun. 2014
By Kenneth - Published on
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This book covers a civil war battle during Grants Petersburg-Richmond fighting in the summer and autumn of 1864. It describes the planning, maneuvers and fighting of the XVIII and X corps southeast of Richmond. The descriptions are mostly at the division and brigade level with some at the regimental level. The final chapter covers the period after the war to today and gives an account of the preservation of the battlefield. I think this book will be excellent to the novice and intermediate American Civil War reader and interesting to the Civil War Wonk (like myself) who ends up wanting more regimental details. An OOB is provided near the end.
Enjoyable read for the casual Civil War enthusiast 27 Jan. 2014
By macmovies66 - Published on
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This is a fairly short,concise book geared more toward the action of the events,as opposed to the minutiae of a complex military campaign. If you consider yourself an expert on the Civil War it's doubtful this book will provide any new insights for you. If,however,you are a casual Civil War buff like myself I think you will find it to be an exciting,easy to follow read concerning an important,but little known, battle in the closing months of the conflict.
Excellent source if info 12 Jun. 2014
By Margaret Ann Sweeney - Published on
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This book covers a battle that is difficult to get information on. Well written and easy to read. Helps the reader get a better view of the northern army attempt to reach Richmond.
awesome little book 19 May 2014
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I am the process of buying all the books on the Petersburg campaign , this book is apart of that process.The book is small but packs a punch. It is written in a way that is very easy to read , I read it in a day. It is a great book on the opening moves of the campaign for Petersburg. You leave with a better understanding of close the Union came to taking Petersburg.
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