by Ron Field
BTC’s Take: Osprey’s Combat series takes a look at two opposing forces in a given war by looking at three combat situations in micro-tactical detail. I was delighted to find that the Civil War version of “Combat” has as its third vignette a close look at the opening stages of the Battle of New Market Heights. The battle, fought on September 29, 1864, was part of Grant’s Fifth Offensive against Petersburg. This opening move by Butler’s Army of the James was led by Paine’s Division, consisting entirely of United States Colored Troops regiments. They were to clear New Market Heights of Confederates, clearing the Army of the James’ right flank for a further assault on Fort Harrison. The USCTs assaulted the heights, defended by Gregg’s Texas Brigade and supporting artillery and cavalry. The vignette focuses on this assault, and specifically on the combat between the 4th United States Colored Troops and the 4th Texas.
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Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Release Date: September 17, 2013
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