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Petersburg 1864-65: The Longest Siege

Petersburg 1864-65: The Longest Siege

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By (author) Ron Field, Illustrated by Peter Dennis

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 183mm x 246mm x 10mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 19 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1846033551
  • ISBN 13: 9781846033551
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (chiefly col.)
  • Sales rank: 505,026

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In 1864, General Ulysses S. Grant decided to strangle the life out of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia by surrounding the city of Petersburg and cutting off General Robert E. Lee's supply lines. The ensuing siege would carry on for nearly ten months, involve 160,000 soldiers, and see a number of pitched battles including the Battle of the Crater, Reams Station, Hatcher's Run, and White Oak Road. After nearly ten months, Grant launched an attack that sent the Confederate army scrambling back to Appomattox Court House where it would soon surrender. Written by an expert on the American Civil War, this book examines the last clash between the armies of U.S. Grant and Robert E. Lee.

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Until his retirement in 2007, Ron Field was Head of History at the Cotswold School in Bourton-on-the-Water. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1982 and taught history at Piedmont High School in California from 1982 to 1983. He was associate editor of the Confederate Historical Society of Great Britain, from 1983 to 1992. He is an internationally acknowledged expert on US military history, and was elected a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians, based in Washington, DC, in 2005.

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"Readers interested in the Siege of Petersburg will want this book in their library, especially considering the price. The map of the late June action along the Jerusalem Plank Road alone makes the book worth it, in this reviewer's opinion." -Brett Schulte, "TOCWOC - A Civil War Blog" (April 27, 2009)