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Field Armies & Fortifications in the Civil WarThe Eastern Campaigns, 1861-1864$
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Earl J. Hess

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780807829318

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876398_Hess

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Western Virginia and Eastern North Carolina

Western Virginia and Eastern North Carolina

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(p.47) 3 Western Virginia and Eastern North Carolina
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Field Armies & Fortifications in the Civil War
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Earl J. Hess

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9780807829318.003.0003

This chapter examines the use of fortifications by the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia in Western Virginia and Eastern North Carolina during the Civil War. It shows how field fortifications enabled the Federals to gain limited but important victories in both regions, especially in establishing a major presence on the North Carolina coast that would persist until the end of the war. The chapter also focuses on the Confederates' construction of forts on the northern half of the Roanoke Island, three of which were intended to guard Croatan Sound.

Keywords:   fortifications, Potomac, Northern Virginia, Western Virginia, Eastern North Carolina, Federals, Confederates, forts, Roanoke Island, Civil War

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