Guide to the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign

Charles R. Bowery, Jr. and Ethan S. Rafuse

Lasting from June 1864 through April 1965, the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign was the longest of the Civil War, dwarfing even the Atlanta and Vicksburg campaigns in its scope and complexity. This compact yet comprehensive guide allows armchair historian and battlefield visitor alike to follow the campaigns course, with a clear view of its multi-faceted strategic, operation, tactical, and human dimensions.

A concise, single-volume collection of official reports and personal accounts, the guide is organized in one-day and multi-day itineraries that take the reader to all the battlefields of the campaign, some of which have never before been interpreted and described for the visitor so extensively. Comprehensive campaign and battle maps reflect troop movements, historical terrain features, and modern roads for ease of understanding and navigation. A uniquely useful resource for the military enthusiast and the battlefield traveler, this is the essential guide for anyone hoping to see the historic landscape and the human face of this most decisive campaign of the Civil War.

“A valuable, long overdue contribution to Civil War studies.

—Army History

“Anyone, even the more seasoned Civil War buff or the veteran historian is likely to be able to learn something new about the campaign.”

New York Military Affairs Symposium
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About the Author

Charles R. Bowery, Jr. is an officer in the U. S. Army who has taught Civil War history at West Point, led tours of Civil War battlefield sites, and authored Lee and Grant: Profiles in Leadership from the Battlefields of Virginia.##Ethan S. Rafuse is a professor of military history at the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of nine books, including McClellan's War: The Failure of Moderation in the Struggle for the Union and Robert E. Lee and the Fall of the Confederacy, 1863-1865.

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