Join us for a free book talk with James S. Price on his book “The Battle of First Deep Bottom” at 2:00 pm.
On July 26, 1864, Union general Winfield Scott Hancock’s corps and three cavalry divisions under Philip H. Sheridan crossed to the north side of the James River at the Deep Bottom bridgehead. What was supposed to be a raid on Confederate railroads and possibly even a breakthrough to the Confederate capital of Richmond turned into a bloody skirmish. Richard H. Anderson’s Confederate forces prevented a Union victory, but only at a great cost. Robert E. Lee was forced to move half his army from the key fortifications at Petersburg in response. Petersburg was all the more vulnerable for Grant’s next move, the infamous Battle of the Crater. Including newly constructed maps from Steven Stanley and a foreword from fellow Civil War scholar Hampton Newsome, this title is the definitive account of an often-overlooked battle. Join author and historian James S. Price as he recounts a pivotal moment in the Petersburg Campaign and the close of the war.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: James S. Price is a historian, blogger and educator. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he has dedicated his life to the study of the American Civil War and has worked at many Civil War sites including Petersburg National Battlefield, Pamplin Historical Park and the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. He received his bachelor of arts in history from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005 and his master of arts in military history from Norwich University in 2009.