Land Battles of the Civil War, Eastern Theatre

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Beginning with the first battle at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, on April 12, 1861, when the Confederacy’s General Pierre G.T. Beauregard and the Union’s Major Robert Anderson began the war, and ending with the last battle when the thoroughly beaten General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered to General William T. Sherman on April 26, 1865, this work—in excellent prose and with a keen sense of drama and will, crisis and fate—summarizes the action of the Civil War.
In chronological order are descriptions of each battle— infantry, artillery, and cavalry—and the names of the commanding and other Confederate and Union senior officers. Naval battles in open seas are excluded, although those battles that involved both infantry and naval forces are included. Also omitted are minor skirmishes, cavalry actions that might best be categorized as “raids,” and all action in Florida and west of the Mississippi River.

About the Author(s)

Bruce H. Stewart, Jr., is an investment advisor. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bibliographic Details

Bruce H. Stewart, Jr.
Format: softcover (8.5 x 11)
Pages: 264
Bibliographic Info: 71 maps, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011 [2002]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6119-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

List of Maps      xi

Preface      xiii

1861

FORT SUMTER      April 12–14      3

BIG BETHEL      June 10      5

RICH MOUNTAIN      July 11      5

Carrick’s Ford, July 13

FIRST MANASSAS (BULL RUN)      July 21      6

Blackburn’s Ford, July 18

CARNIFIX FERRY      September 10      9

CHEAT MOUNTAIN      September 11–13      10

BALL’S BLUFF (LEESBURG)      October 21      11

1862

THE ROMNEY CAMPAIGN      January 1–February 23      15

MILL SPRINGS (LOGAN’S CROSSROADS)      January 19      18

FORT HENRY      February 6      19

FORT DONELSON      February 13–16      20

THE VALLEY CAMPAIGN      March 23–June 9      20

Kernstown, March 23; McDowell, May 8; Front Royal, May 23; Winchester (First), May 25; Cross Keys, June 8; Port Republic, June 9

SHILOH (PITTSBURG LANDING)      April 6–7      29

ISLAND NO. 10      April 7      33

New Madrid, April 7

FORT PULASKI      April 10–11      34

YORKTOWN      April 5–May 3      35

WILLIAMSBURG      May 5      37

ELTHAM’S LANDING      May 7      39

DREWRY’S BLUFF (FIRST)      May 15      40

HANOVER COURT HOUSE      May 27      41

SEVEN PINES (FAIR OAKS)      May 31–June 1      42

MEMPHIS      June 6      46

SECESSIONVILLE      June 16      46

SEVEN DAYS      June 25–July 1      47

Oak Grove, June 25; Mechanicsville (Beaver Dam Creek; Ellerson’s Mill), June 26; Gaines’s Mill (First Cold Harbor), June 27; Savage’s Station, June 29; Glendale (Frayser’s Farm), June 30; Malvern Hill, July 1

CEDAR MOUNTAIN      August 9      55

THE KENTUCKY CAMPAIGN      August 14–October 8      57

Richmond, August 29–30; Munfordville, September 14–17; Perryville, October 8

GROVETON      August 28      60

SECOND MANASSAS (BULL RUN)      August 29–30      62

CHANTILLY (OX HILL)      September 1      67

HARPERS FERRY      September 13–15      68

SOUTH MOUNTAIN      September 14      70

CRAMPTON’S GAP      September 14      72

SHARPSBURG (ANTIETAM)      September 17      73

IUKA      September 19      76

SHEPHERDSTOWN (BOTELER’S FORD)      September 19–20      77

CORINTH      October 3–4      78

THE VICKSBURG CAMPAIGN      October 16, 1862–July 4, 1863      79

Holly Springs, December 17–28; Chickasaw Bayou, December 27–29; Grand Gulf, April 29, 1863; Port Gibson, May 1; Raymond, May 12; Jackson, May 14; Champion Hill, May 16; Big Black, May 17

FREDERICKSBURG      December 13      85

PARKER’S CROSS ROADS (RED MOUND)      December 31      87

STONES RIVER (MURFREESBORO)      December 31, 1862–January 2, 1863      89

1863

KELLY’S FORD      March 17      95

CHANCELLORSVILLE      April 27–May 6      96

Salem Church, May 3; Banks’s Ford, May 4

BRANDY STATION      June 9      105

WINCHESTER (SECOND)      June 14–15      106

ALDIE      June 17      108

GETTYSBURG      July 1–3      108

FALLING WATERS      July 14      116

CHICKAMAUGA      September 19–20      116

BLUE SPRINGS      October 5–10      123

BRISTOE STATION      October 14      124

THE KNOXVILLE CAMPAIGN      November 14–December 14      125

Campbell’s Station, November 16; Fort Sanders, November 29; Bean’s Station, December 14

RAPPAHANNOCK STATION      November 7      127

CHATTANOOGA      November 23–25      128

Orchard Knob, November 23; Lookout Mountain, November 24; Missionary Ridge, November 25

RINGGOLD GAP      November 27      133

1864

FORT PILLOW      April 12      139

THE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN      May 1–September 2      139

Dalton, May 12; Resaca, May 14–15; New Hope Church, May 25; Pickett’s Mill, May 27; Dallas, May 28; Kolb’s Farm, June 22; Kennesaw Mountain, June 27; Peachtree Creek, July 20; Bald Hill, July 22; Ezra Church, July 28; Jonesboro, August 31–September 1

THE WILDERNESS      May 5–6      150

BERMUDA HUNDRED      May 5, 1864–April 9, 1865      157

Drewry’s Bluff (Second), May 16

THE SPOTSYLVANIA CAMPAIGN      May 7–19      158

Spotsylvania, May 12; Spotsylvania, May 18; Harris Farm, May 19

YELLOW TAVERN      May 11      161

NEW MARKET      May 15      162

NORTH ANNA RIVER      May 23–26      163

TOTOPOTOMY CREEK (HAW’S SHOP)      May 27–30      165

COLD HARBOR      June 1–3      166

PIEDMONT      June 5      167

BRICE’S CROSS ROADS      June 10      168

THE PETERSBURG CAMPAIGN      June 15, 1864–April 3, 1865      169

The Crater, July 30; Chaffin’s Bluff, August 16; Globe Tavern, August 18; Reams Station, August 25; New Market Heights, September 29; Chaffin’s Farm (Fort Harrison), September 29–30; Burgess’ Mill, October 27; Hatcher’s Run (Armstrong’s Mill), February 5–7, 1865

MONOCACY      July 9      174

TUPELO (HARRISBURG)      July 14–15      175

KERNSTOWN (SECOND)      July 24      177

Stephenson’s Depot, July 18

WINCHESTER (THIRD) (OPEQUON CREEK)      September 19      178

FISHER’S HILL      September 22      180

CEDAR CREEK      October 19      181

SPRING HILL      November 29      183

FRANKLIN      November 30      187

HONEY HILL      November 30      190

WAYNESBOROUGH, GA.      December 4      191

NASHVILLE      December 15–16      192

1865

WAYNESBOROUGH, VA.      March 2      199

KINSTON (WISE’S FORKS)      March 8–10      199

MONROE’S CROSSROADS      March 10      200

AVERASBOROUGH      March 16      201

BENTONVILLE      March 19–21      202

THE APPOMATTOX CAMPAIGN      March 25–April 9      204

Fort Stedman, March 25; Five Forks, April 1; Fort Gregg, April 2; Sayler’s Creek, April 6

SELMA      March 31–April 2      207

LEE’S SURRENDER      April 9      207

JOHNSTON’S SURRENDER      April 26      210

Epilogue      211

Notes            213

Bibliography      241

Index            243

Book Reviews & Awards

“dramatic…informative…first rate illustrations”—The Charleston Daily News; “comprehensive…references are extensive and detailed”—Reference & Research Book News; “brings more than 100 of these battles back to life…detailed”—Lawrence Looks at Books; “well detailed…clearly written”—The Civil War Courier; “this book fills a void on this specific topic…a worthy addition”—Catholic Library World.