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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 Bristoe Station to the Fall of Plymouth

: From Bristoe Station to the Fall of Plymouth

(p.289) 13 : From Bristoe Station to the Fall of Plymouth
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 Bristoe Station and Plymouth campaigns during the Civil War. After the fall of Battery Wagner, the Confederates and the Federals engaged in another battle, this time at Bristoe Station. Although the battle of Bristoe Station involved no earthworks, the Federals effectively used existing terrain features, particularly the railroad embankment, as a defensive strategy. When Rappahannock Station fell to the Federals, Confederates General Robert E. Lee built a five-mile-long defensive line between Brandy Station and Culpeper Court House. The chapter looks at the clashes between Federals and Confederates at Mine Run, New Bern, and Plymouth.

Keywords:   fortifications, Potomac, Northern Virginia, Bristoe Station, Plymouth, Civil War, Robert E. Lee, Mine Run, New Bern, railroad embankment

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