The Appomattox Campaign: March 29-April 9, 1865

The Appomattox Campaign: March 29-April 9, 1865

The Appomattox Campaign: March 29-April 9, 1865

The Appomattox Campaign: March 29-April 9, 1865

Synopsis

Previous accounts of the Civil War's last major campaign have often neglected the actual manoeuvres and tactics of the units involved. This new addition to this series features a tactical approach to the final drama of the Civil War.

Excerpt

"... It will become a siege and then it will be a mere question of time." Such were the words of General Robert E. Lee in June 1864, as he prophesied about what was to be the final year of conflict in Virginia. After being pinned down for nine and a half months with his army protecting both Richmond and Petersburg, he had only two major supply lines left to fuel continued resistance.

With the coming of spring 1865, the men in the trenches surrounding these two Confederate strongholds knew the final campaign was about to begin. By then, many of the Southern defenders had given up any hope for an independent nation. Their motivation to carry on the struggle was embodied in their revered general, whose life centered around duty and honor to his country. The last grasp at any real chance for these men had faded away more than four months earlier when Abraham Lincoln was re-elected to the presidency and declared, from that point on, it would be a fight to the finish. By March, only the Richmond & Danville Railroad was open to the Confederate capital, and the South Side Railroad, coming from Lynchburg, was all that entered Petersburg. Lee, realizing that the tightening Union noose would soon strangle him, decided he must cut . . .

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