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In the Trenches at Petersburg
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This book, the third volume in Earl Hess’s trilogy on the war in the eastern theater, recounts the strategic and tactical operations in Virginia during the last ten months of the Civil War, when field fortifications dominated military planning and the landscape of battle. The book covers all aspects of the campaign, especially military engineering, including mining and countermining, the fashioning of wire entanglements, the laying of torpedo fields, and the construction of underground shelters to protect the men who manned the works. It also humanizes the experience of the soldiers working in the fortifications, revealing their attitudes toward attacking and defending earthworks and the human cost of trench warfare in the waning days of the war.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents/Illustrations/Maps
  2. pp. vii-xi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xxi
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  1. CHAPTER ONE: Engineers and War
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. CHAPTER TWO: Crossing the James River
  2. pp. 9-20
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  1. CHAPTER THREE: Three Days in June
  2. pp. 21-37
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR: Searching for a Solution
  2. pp. 38-49
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  1. CHAPTER FIVE: Digging In
  2. pp. 50-64
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  1. CHAPTER SIX: Soldiering in the Trenches
  2. pp. 65-77
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  1. CHAPTER SEVEN: The Third Offensive
  2. pp. 78-89
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  1. CHAPTER EIGHT: The Crater
  2. pp. 90-106
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  1. CHAPTER NINE: August
  2. pp. 107-123
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  1. CHAPTER TEN: The Fourth Offensive
  2. pp. 124-141
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  1. CHAPTER ELEVEN: September
  2. pp. 142-159
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  1. CHAPTER TWELVE: The Fifth Offensive
  2. pp. 160-181
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  1. CHAPTER THIRTEEN: October and the Sixth Offensive
  2. pp. 182-198
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  1. CHAPTER FOURTEEN: November, December, and January
  2. pp. 199-214
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  1. CHAPTER FIFTEEN: Winter
  2. pp. 215-228
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  1. CHAPTER SIXTEEN: The Seventh Offensive, February, and March
  2. pp. 229-244
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  1. CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: Fort Stedman and the Eighth Offensive
  2. pp. 245-263
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  1. CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: The Ninth Offensive, April 2
  2. pp. 264-279
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 280-285
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  1. APPENDIX ONE: Artifacts of War
  2. pp. 287-294
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  1. APPENDIX TWO: The Richmond-Petersburg Line
  2. pp. 295-316
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 317-375
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 377-397
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 399-403
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