The Battle of Totopotomoy Creek: Polegreen Church and the Prelude to Cold Harbor

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In early summer 1864, the entire region of central Virginia was engulfed in the flames of war. As Grant's Federal army pushed ever south, trading battles and bodies with Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, forces came to a head at the Battle of Totopotomoy Creek. Though overshadowed by the proceeding Battle of Cold Harbor, Totopotomoy Creek exemplified the bloody skirmishes of the entire Overland Campaign. Polegreen Church and its eighteenth-century hero Samuel Davies offer an example of the destruction the war brought to central Virginia. Join author Robert Bluford as he incorporates diaries, regimental histories and other primary sources to detail the heroism of famed Civil War participants Winfield Hancock, Jubal Early, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee and many more.
ISBN: 9781626192515
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Virginia
Series: Civil War
Images: 20
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Named the "Virginian of the Year" in 2011 by the Virginia Press Association, Robert Bluford served as a B-24 bomber pilot in World War II before he became an active Presbyterian minister. He has devoted much of his time since 1989 to the perseveration of the historic Polegreen Church in Hanover County, in addition to numerous historical preservation efforts throughout the state. Bluford has received the Edwin C. Bears Lifetime Achievement Award from the Civil War Preservation Trust.
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