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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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Our Hearts Were Filled with New Hope

Our Hearts Were Filled with New Hope

Movement to Combat

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Campaign of Giants--The Battle for Petersburg

A. Wilson Greene

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter chronicles the complex movement of the Union army from its Cold Harbor trenches outside of Richmond to and across the James River. Federal engineers constructed a massive pontoon bridge across the James to facilitate the army’s crossing, and the chapter explains the background of this impressive undertaking. The Confederate army quickly became aware of their enemy’s departure from Cold Harbor, but remained uncertain of General Grant’s intended destination. This provided the Northern forces the opportunity to capture Petersburg before General Lee could shift his troops to the south and reinforce the city’s undermanned defenses.

Keywords:   Crossing of the James, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, City Point, Virginia, Winfield S. Hancock, William F. Smith, George G. Meade, Chickahominy River, Benjamin F. Butler, P.G.T. Beauregard

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