In the Trenches at Petersburg
, the final volume of Earl J.
Hess's trilogy of works on the fortifications of the Civil War,
recounts the strategic and tactical operations around Petersburg
during the last ten months of the Civil War. Hess covers all
aspects of the Petersburg campaign, from important engagements that
punctuated the long months of siege to mining and countermining
operations, the fashioning of wire entanglements and the laying of
torpedo fields to impede attacks, and the construction of
underground shelters to protect the men manning the works. In
the Trenches at Petersburg
humanizes the experience of the
soldiers working in the fortifications and reveals the human cost
of trench warfare in the waning days of the struggle.