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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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: From Seven Pines to the Seven Days

: From Seven Pines to the Seven Days

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Field Armies & Fortifications in the Civil War

Earl J. Hess

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the use of fortifications by the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia in the Seven Pines and Seven Days campaigns during the Civil War. It first describes the defenses erected by the Confederates on the James River, focusing on six sites: Fort Boykin at Day's Point; Fort Huger at Harden's Bluff; Mulberry Island; Jamestown Island; Fort Powhatan; and Drewry's Bluff. The chapter then turns to defenses at Richmond and the Seven Pines Line before discussing the Seven Days campaign of General Robert E. Lee, the commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, paying particular attention to his offensive against General George McClellan of the Union. It concludes by looking at Thomas J. Jackson's Shenandoah Valley campaign.

Keywords:   fortifications, Potomac, Northern Virginia, Seven Days campaign, Civil War, defenses, Seven Pines Line, Robert E. Lee, George McClellan, Thomas J. Jackson

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