By Gordon C. Rhea
Gordon Rhea's gripping fourth quantity at the spring 1864 campaign-which pitted Ulysses S. furnish opposed to Robert E. Lee for the 1st time within the Civil War-vividly re-creates the battles and maneuvers from the stalemate at the North Anna River during the chilly Harbor offensive. chilly Harbor: provide and Lee, could 26-June three, 1864 showcases Rhea's tenacious learn which elicits lovely new evidence from the documents of a section oddly neglected or mythologized via historians. In transparent and profuse tactical element, Rhea tracks the impressive occasions of these 9 days, giving a stunning new interpretation of the well-known conflict that left seven thousand Union casualties and merely fifteen hundred accomplice lifeless or wounded. right here, furnish isn't really a callous butcher, and Lee doesn't salary an ideal struggle. in the pages of chilly Harbor, Rhea separates truth from fiction in a charged, evocative narrative. He leaves readers less than a moonless sky, with furnish thinking about the eastward process the James River fifteen miles south of the encamped armies.
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His uncertainty over Grant's movements after the Wilderness had almost cost him the race to Spotsylvania Court House. His mistaken belief on May 11 that Grant was retreating had led him to withdraw artillery from the Mule Shoe at the very time Grant was attacking, again imperiling the rebel army. Lee had even misunderstood Grant's shift to the North Anna River, enabling Grant to get a portion of his army across at Jericho Mills and tum Lee's left flank. Now, once again, Lee guessed wrong about Grant's plan.
Warren and the Army of the Potomac's artillery chief, Brigadier General Henry 1. Hunt, favored maneuvering the Federal force west of Lee, pressing south across Little River and turning Lee's western flank. Fully half of the Union army-Warren's and Wright's corps, and a division of Burnside's corps-was already below the North Anna and west of Lee, they pointed out. Grant needed only to shift Hancock's corps and Burnside's other two divisions to position the entire army for the maneuver. All of Grant's turning movements thus far, they added, had been around Lee's right.
Beauregard defeated Butler at Drewry's Bluff, south of Richmond. Butler withdrew to Bermuda Hundred, a triangle of land formed by the confluence of the James and Appomattox Rivers. Corked in Bermuda Hundred, Butler could contribute little to the Union war effort, and Grant toyed with shifting part of Butler's force to join him. Grant's chief-ofstaff in Washington, Major General Henry W. Halleck, sent Brigadier Generals Montgomery C. Meigs and John G. Barnard to Bermuda Hundred to determine how many troops Butler could spare.