Fort Harrison and the Battle of Chaffin's Farm: To Surprise and Capture Richmond

Fort Harrison and the Battle of Chaffin's Farm: To Surprise and Capture Richmond

by Douglas Crenshaw


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Early in the morning of September 29, 1864, two Union corps under the command of General Benjamin Butler crossed the James with the goal of overwhelming Robert E. Lee's army and capturing Richmond. The Confederate defenders were vastly outnumbered; many were inexperienced and initially without trusted leadership. Fort Harrison and the other works at Chaffin's Farm held the key to the Confederate defenses. The drama that ensued was a battle between the Confederates' resiliency and the Union's ability to capitalize on one of its greatest opportunities. Join historian Doug Crenshaw as he chronicles the events of an often-forgotten episode of Civil War history. Through gripping firsthand accounts, Crenshaw follows the action through the eyes of the men who fought at Fort Harrison and the Battle of Chaffin's Farm. Experience the terror and heroism displayed on both sides of the battle line in this harrowing tale of war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609495817
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Series: Civil War
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 749,434
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Doug Crenshaw is a a strategic IT sourcing manager, who has studied history both at Randolph Macon University and the University of Richmond. A volunteer for the Richmond National Battlefield Park, Crenshaw is an avid history enthusiast and member of the Richmond Civil War Roundtable.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Prologue 9

1 The Summer of '64 11

2 A Plan Develops 21

3 Dawn, September 29 32

4 Storming the Ramparts 46

5 Opportunities Lost 56

6 Assault on Fort Gilmer 65

7 Lee Strikes Back 83

8 Epilogue 95

9 Fort Harrison Today 100

Appendix I The Leaders 105

Appendix II Order of Battle 113

Notes 121

Bibliography 133

Index 141

About the Author 144

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