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Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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Introduction

Gary W. Gallagher, Caroline E. Janney

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pp. ix-xvii

A French diplomat visited the battlefield at Cold Harbor shortly after the armies departed. Federal assaults had failed there on June 3, 1864, leaving a nightmarish landscape. “One sees on this ground,” wrote Alfred Paul to superiors in Paris, “only entrenchments, rifle pits...

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The Two Generals Who Resist Each Other: Perceptions of Grant and Lee in the Summer of 1864

Gary W. Gallagher

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pp. 1-32

Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee occupied singular positions in the spring of 1864. Each was the leading popular symbol of his respective cause, the person in whom fellow citizens invested the most emotional and political trust. Presidents Abraham Lincoln...

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Repairing an Army: A Look at the New Troops in the Army of Northern Virginia in May and June 1864

Robert E. L. Krick

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pp. 33-72

When the veteran brigades of the Army of Northern Virginia pulled into their new positions below the North Anna River on May 22, 1864, they found a few thousand unfamiliar soldiers awaiting their arrival. Most of the new men had seen action elsewhere but...

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I Told Him to Go On: Enduring Cold Harbor

Kathryn Shively Meier

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pp. 73-108

Two accounts are commonly used to describe soldier experience at the battle of Cold Harbor. The first comes from Campaigning with Grant, the 1897 memoir of Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s staff officer Col. Horace Porter. Wrote Porter of the eve of the June 3, 1864...

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Breastworks Are Good Things to Have on Battlefields: Confederate Engineering Operations and Field Fortifications in the Overland Campaign

Keith S. Bohannon

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pp. 109-137

While the 1864 Overland campaign was the first time that Confederate soldiers in the Army of Northern Virginia engaged in sustained fighting behind earthen and log defenses, many men already had experience in constructing earthworks. During the Mine Run...

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Francis Channing Barlow’s Civil War

Joan Waugh

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pp. 138-175

Winslow Homer’s painting Prisoners from the Front conspicuously featured his friend and distant cousin Union brigadier general Francis Channing Barlow (1834–96). Barlow’s figure symbolized the imminent U.S. victory over the rebellious Confederacy represented in human...

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Grant’s Disengagement from Cold Harbor: June 12–13, 1864

Gordon C. Rhea

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pp. 176-209

The sun rose over Cold Harbor on June 4, 1864, illuminating a landscape of suffering and death. “Troops yet clung tenaciously to the ground nearest the Confederate works, wherever so much as half-cover could be obtained,” a Union officer recalled...

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We Will Finish the War Here: Confederate Morale in the Peters burg Trenches, June and July 1864

M. Keith Harris

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pp. 210-227

The men of the Army of Northern Virginia faced troubling odds as spring 1864 gave way to summer. Heavy fighting in May and the first half of June had cost Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army dearly. Suffering as many as 35,000 casualties, including a significant portion...

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A War Thoroughfare: Confederate Civilians and the Siege of Petersburg

Caroline E. Janney

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pp. 228-263

By early July 1864, Petersburg resident Charles Campbell could scarcely believe the devastating effects the nearly month-long siege was having on his beloved city. The insufferable whistle and thunderous explosions of shells filled the air day and night. In the eastern...

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The Devil Himself Could Not Have Checked Them: Fighting with Black Soldiers at the Crater

Kevin M. Levin

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pp. 264-282

On July 9, 1864, Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper featured on its front page a dramatic image of the 22nd United States Colored Troops (USCT) carrying the first line of Rebel works as part of the initial assaults on June 15 by the Army of the James against...

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The Battle of the Crater in Recent Fiction

Stephen Cushman

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pp. 283-310

People who saw Anthony Minghella’s 2003 film version of Charles Frazier’s 1997 best-selling novel Cold Mountain found themselves confronted in its opening minutes by vivid images of the battle of the Crater. Despite the inevitable inaccuracies of Minghella’s...

Bibliographic Essay

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pp. 311-316

Contributors

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pp. 317-318

Index

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pp. 319-336