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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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More Hard Fighting and Many More Lives Must Be Lost

More Hard Fighting and Many More Lives Must Be Lost

June 16–17, 1864

(p.124) Four More Hard Fighting and Many More Lives Must Be Lost
Campaign of Giants--The Battle for Petersburg

A. Wilson Greene

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the combat on June 16 and 17, 1864 around Petersburg. As fresh Union units arrived, they launched a series of uncoordinated assaults against the new Confederate defenses prepared overnight. The Rebels lost ground but managed in all cases to prevent the Yankees from achieving a decisive breakthrough. Meanwhile north of the Appomattox River on the Bermuda Hundred Peninsula, Benjamin Butler’s army breached the vital transportation links between Richmond and Petersburg. Reinforcements dispatched by Robert E. Lee caused Butler to withdraw his victorious troops and adopt a defensive position, thus squandering the chance to block fresh Southern brigades from reinforcing P.G.T. Beauregard’s beleaguered forces at Petersburg. The chapter also analyzes General Lee’s evolving decision to transfer his army from the Richmond defenses to Petersburg.

Keywords:   First Petersburg Offensive, Bermuda Hundred, George E. Pickett, P.G.T. Beauregard, Ambrose E. Burnside, Gouverneur K. Warren, Robert F. Hoke, Bushrod R. Johnson, Hagood Line, Winfield S. Hancock

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