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A Campaign of Giants: The Battle for Petersburg

September 25-28, 2019

A BGES Civil War Field University Program

From early May 1864, the Union Army of the Potomac and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia had brutalized each other over a landscape of some 75 miles. Now as Grant slips across the James River, the final acts were being lined up. Historian Wil Greene has completed his first volume of a multi-volume treatment of the siege of Petersburg by this same name, and this is his first group tour of the topic. This program convers what are now commonly referred to as the First, Second, and Third Offensives–the first being the days immediately following the crossing and attacks against P.G.T. Beauregard’s small force of clerks, invalids, and militia interspersed with a few regular infantry. The second will focus primarily on the Wilson-Kautz Raid, with a spotlight on a few of the small engagements associated with it. The final portion of the program will focus on actions east of Richmond at Deep Bottom and the dramatic but tragic effort at the Crater. This two- or three-tour series will grant the time and respect due to this often overlooked campaign. Wil is superb on a battlefield, and you will really enjoy this program.


Faculty

Wilson Green


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