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Campaign of Giants--The Battle for PetersburgVolume 1: From the Crossing of the James to the Crater$
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A. Wilson Greene

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469638577

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638577.001.0001

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War at Our Own Doors

War at Our Own Doors

(p.1) One War at Our Own Doors
Campaign of Giants--The Battle for Petersburg

A. Wilson Greene

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter provides the geographic, operational, social, and economic background to the Petersburg Campaign. It introduces the commanders of the four armies involved in the campaign and outlines the conduct of the brutal fighting in May and early June that brought the Civil War to the outskirts of Richmond, the Confederate capital. The chapter also provides a brief history of the City of Petersburg, seventh largest metropolis in the Confederacy, and explains why it was such an important military target.

Keywords:   Petersburg, Virginia, Overland Campaign, Bermuda Hundred Campaign, P.G.T. Beauregard, Benjamin F. Butler, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee

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