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Geology and the Petersburg Campaign in the American Civil War

Aaron Cross, C. Rick Berquist, Marcie Occhi, Jessi Strand and Christopher M. Bailey
Geology and the Petersburg Campaign in the American Civil War (in From the Blue Ridge to the beach; geological field excursions across Virginia, Christopher M. Bailey (editor) and Shelley Jaye (editor))
Field Guide (Geological Society of America) (March 2017) 47: 163-174

Abstract

The siege of Petersburg and Richmond during the American Civil War in 1864- 1865 provides a stellar example of how geology can affect military operations and thus the course of history. During the Union drive to take the Confederate capital, they used Virginia's broad tidal rivers on the Atlantic Coastal Plain as supply lines for their huge army. During the siege, both sides took advantage of the unconsolidated Cenozoic sediments of the Coastal Plain to create a new style of combat-trench warfare-which would be taken to horrifying extremes in World War I. This trip visits seven sites of both historic and geological significance in the Petersburg area.


ISSN: 2333-0937
EISSN: 2333-0945
Serial Title: Field Guide (Geological Society of America)
Serial Volume: 47
Title: Geology and the Petersburg Campaign in the American Civil War
Title: From the Blue Ridge to the beach; geological field excursions across Virginia
Author(s): Cross, AaronBerquist, C. RickOcchi, MarcieStrand, JessiBailey, Christopher M.
Author(s): Bailey, Christopher M.editor
Author(s): Jaye, Shelleyeditor
Affiliation: Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources, Charlottesville, VA, United States
Affiliation: College of William and Mary, Department of Geology, Williamsburg, VA, United States
Pages: 163-174
Published: 201703
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
References: 10
Accession Number: 2017-032792
Categories: Areal geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sect., sketch maps
N37°00'00" - N37°30'00", W77°45'00" - W77°00'00"
Secondary Affiliation: College of William & Mary, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 201719
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