9780807857847

Bentonville

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  • ISBN13:

    9780807857847

  • ISBN10:

    080785784X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-08-07
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr

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Summary

The battle of Bentonville, the only major Civil War battle fought in North Carolina, was the Confederacy's last attempt to stop the devastating march of William Tecumseh Sherman's army north through the Carolinas. Despite their numerical disadvantage, General Joseph E. Johnston's Confederate forces successfully ambushed one wing of Sherman's army on March 19, 1865 but were soon repulsed. For the Confederates, it was a heroic but futile effort to delay the inevitable: within a month, both Richmond and Raleigh had fallen, and Lee had surrendered. Nathaniel Hughes offers a full-length tactical study of this important battle. In careful detail, he lays out Confederate and Union troop movements and places the engagement within the larger military framework of the last months of the war. Analyzing the reasons for the initial success and eventual failure of Johnston's offensive, he maintains that Sherman showed great restraint by remaining committed to the larger goal of reaching Goldsboro rather than stopping to pursue or destroy the defeated Confederates.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
Author's Note xvii
1 Sherman's Web Footted Boys in Blew
1(20)
2 Glorious Old Joe
21(18)
3 Playing a Bluff
39(12)
4 A Grand Sight to See
51(13)
5 All the Amusement We Want
64(17)
6 The Battle of "Acorn Run"
81(14)
7 We'll Whip 'Em Yet!
95(25)
8 If the Lord Will Only See Me Safe Through
120(30)
9 This Afflicted and Troublesome Day
150(17)
10 A Regular Indian Fight 167(12)
11 Shoulder-to-Shoulder and Then Back-to-Back 179(16)
12 Nip and Tuck 195(17)
13 Sherman's Star 212(10)
14 The Angel of the Covenant Whispered to Our Commander 222(11)
Appendix 1. Organization of Forces at the Battle of Bentonville 233(8)
Appendix 2. Beyond Bentonville 241(4)
Notes 245(48)
Bibliography 293(32)
Index 325

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