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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.
  • ISBN13: 9781609495817
  • Publisher: History Press (SC)
  • Pubilcation Year: 2013
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00143
SeriesCivil War Sesquicentennial
Publication DateNovember 5, 2013
Primary CategoryHistory/United States - Civil War

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

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