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Fighting for Atlanta

by Earl J. Hess The University of North Carolina Press (October 03, 2018)

As William T. Sherman's Union troops began their campaign for Atlanta in the spring of 1864, they encountered Confederate forces employing field fortifications located to take advantage of rugged terrain. While...


Blackbeard's Sunken Prize

by Mark U. Wilde-Ramsing & Linda F. Carnes-McNaughton The University of North Carolina Press (April 10, 2018)

In 1717, the notorious pirate Blackbeard captured a French slaving vessel off the coast of Martinique and made it his flagship, renaming it Queen Anne's Revenge. Over the next six months, the heavily armed ship...


To Master the Boundless Sea

by Jason W. Smith The University of North Carolina Press (April 13, 2018)

As the United States grew into an empire in the late nineteenth century, notions like "sea power" derived not only from fleets, bases, and decisive battles, but also from a scientific effort to understand and...


Citizens in Arms

by Lawrence Delbert Cress The University of North Carolina Press (October 10, 2017)

This first study to discuss the important ideological role of the military in the early political life of the nation examines the relationship between revolutionary doctrine and the practical considerations...


To Starve the Army at Pleasure

by E. Wayne Carp The University of North Carolina Press (October 01, 2017)

American political culture and military necessity were at odds during the War for American Independence, as demonstrated in this interpretation of Continental army administration. E. Wayne Carp shows that at...


Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers

by Tamara Plakins Thornton The University of North Carolina Press (February 10, 2016)

In this engagingly written biography, Tamara Plakins Thornton delves into the life and work of Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838), a man Thomas Jefferson once called a "meteor in the hemisphere." Bowditch was a...


Pickett's Charge--The Last Attack at Gettysburg

by Earl J. Hess The University of North Carolina Press (July 01, 2011)

Sweeping away many of the myths that have long surrounded Pickett's Charge, Earl Hess offers the definitive history of the most famous military action of the Civil War. He transforms exhaustive research into...


The Richmond Campaign of 1862

by Gary W. Gallagher The University of North Carolina Press (September 18, 2000)

The Richmond campaign of April-July 1862 ranks as one of the most important military operations of the first years of the American Civil War. Key political, diplomatic, social, and military issues were at stake...


Mutiny at Fort Jackson

by Michael D. Pierson The University of North Carolina Press (January 01, 2009)

New Orleans was the largest city--and one of the richest--in the Confederacy, protected in part by Fort Jackson, which was just sixty-five miles down the Mississippi River. On April 27, 1862, Confederate soldiers...


War on the Waters

by James M. Mcpherson The University of North Carolina Press (September 17, 2012)

Although previously undervalued for their strategic impact because they represented only a small percentage of total forces, the Union and Confederate navies were crucial to the outcome of the Civil War. In...


Field Armies and Fortifications in the Civil War

by Earl J. Hess The University of North Carolina Press (March 08, 2006)

Earl J. Hess provides a narrative history of the use of fortifications--particularly trenches and other semi-permanent earthworks--used by Confederate and Union field armies at all major battle sites in the...


Lee's Tar Heels

by Earl J. Hess The University of North Carolina Press (April 03, 2003)

The Pettigrew-Kirkland-MacRae Brigade was one of North Carolina's best-known and most successful units during the Civil War. Formed in 1862, the brigade spent nearly a year protecting supply lines before being...


Pickett’s Charge, July 3 and Beyond, Omnibus E-book

by Earl J. Hess & Carol Reardon The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2012)

Pickett's Charge, the assault on the Union lines on Cemetery Ridge ordered by Robert E. Lee on 3 July 1863, the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg, holds a central place in the nation's collective memory of...


Guardians of Empire

by Brian McAllister Linn The University of North Carolina Press (November 09, 2000)

In a comprehensive study of four decades of military policy, Brian McAllister Linn offers the first detailed history of the U.S. Army in Hawaii and the Philippines between 1902 and 1940. Most accounts focus...


Omaha Beach

by Adrian R. Lewis The University of North Carolina Press (November 20, 2003)

The Allied victory at Omaha Beach was a costly one. A direct infantry assault against a defense that was years in the making, undertaken in daylight following a mere thirty-minute bombardment, the attack had...


Allies and Adversaries

by Mark A. Stoler The University of North Carolina Press (July 21, 2004)

During World War II the uniformed heads of the U.S. armed services assumed a pivotal and unprecedented role in the formulation of the nation's foreign policies. Organized soon after Pearl Harbor as the Joint...


With a Sword in One Hand and Jomini in the Other

by Carol Reardon The University of North Carolina Press (May 21, 2012)

When the Civil War began, Northern soldiers and civilians alike sought a framework to help make sense of the chaos that confronted them. Many turned first to the classic European military texts from the Napoleonic...


Gettysburg--Culp's Hill and Cemetery Hill

by Harry W. Pfanz The University of North Carolina Press (July 01, 2011)

In this companion to his celebrated earlier book, Gettysburg--The Second Day, Harry Pfanz provides the first definitive account of the fighting between the Army of the Potomac and Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern...


Gettysburg--The Second Day

by Harry W. Pfanz The University of North Carolina Press (June 15, 2011)

The second day's fighting at Gettysburg--the assault of the Army of Northern Virginia against the Army of the Potomac on 2 July 1863--was probably the critical engagement of that decisive battle and, therefore,...


The Long Road to Annapolis

by William P. Leeman The University of North Carolina Press (June 01, 2010)

The United States established an academy for educating future army officers at West Point in 1802. Why, then, did it take this maritime nation forty-three more years to create a similar school for the navy?...


Wingless Eagle

by Herbert A. Johnson The University of North Carolina Press (April 03, 2003)

At the start of the twentieth century the United States led the world in advances in aviation, with the first successful engine-powered flights at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and Dayton, Ohio, beginning in 1903....


Books and the British Army in the Age of the American Revolution

by Ira D. Gruber The University of North Carolina Press (October 25, 2010)

Historians have long understood that books were important to the British army in defining the duties of its officers, regulating tactics, developing the art of war, and recording the history of campaigns and...


A Short, Offhand, Killing Affair

by Paul Foos The University of North Carolina Press (November 03, 2003)

The Mexican-American War (1846-48) found Americans on new terrain. A republic founded on the principle of armed defense of freedom was now going to war on behalf of Manifest Destiny, seeking to conquer an unfamiliar...


John M. Schofield and the Politics of Generalship

by Donald B. Connelly The University of North Carolina Press (December 08, 2006)

In the first full biography of Lieutenant General John McAllister Schofield (1831-1906), Donald B. Connelly examines the career of one of the leading commanders in the western theater during the Civil War. In...


Union Jacks

by Michael J. Bennett The University of North Carolina Press (December 15, 2005)

Historians have given a great deal of attention to the lives and experiences of Civil War soldiers, but surprisingly little is known about navy sailors who participated in the conflict. Michael J. Bennett remedies...