Nigel Lambert’s New Hatcher’s Run Article in the January 2022 Issue of North & South Magazine

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Cover of North and South Magazine, Series II, Volume II, No. 5
Many regular readers will recall the name Nigel Lambert.  Nigel, a biochemist by day, and has grown increasingly fascinated by the Battle of Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7, 1865, at the Siege of Petersburg.   He created a fascinating five part series here at the Siege of Petersburg Online last year which looked at exactly which Confederate units were involved in the battle:

Nigel Lambert’s Hatcher’s Run Series:

Table of contents for North and South, Series II, Volume II, No. 5The best part?  He hasn’t stopped there.  I’d like to point readers to the latest issue of North & South Magazine (Series II, Volume 2, No. 5).  Nigel has written a new article covering the Battle of Hatcher’s Run from conception to battle to results.  The last article I can recall of this nature was written by the late, great Art Bergeron quite some time ago.  The Battle of Hatcher’s Run is mostly understood from the Federal perspective, because almost all of the existing official documents come from that side.  To get at the Confederate perspective is much more difficult. The battle contains a lot of first person accounts with conflicting narratives of what happened on the Confederate side, and Nigel covers many of these in the actual article.  Dr. Lambert’s in depth and thorough research has allowed a more accurate outline of exactly what happened at the battle to emerge. Even more importantly, it is a concise recounting of events, of the what, how, and why things happened the way they did over three days of battle.

I spoke with Nigel about the key points of his article, and he wanted to share the following:

1) Highlights conflicts and contradictions in modern accounts of the battle and attempts to address them.
2) Highlights the mystery surrounding the actions of the Rebel Cavalry
3) Highlights the problems surrounding the movements of Pegram and his brigade on the 2nd day and proposes a solution.
4) A revised Order of Battle
5) 5 new colorful maps to illustrate the action

The article appears on pp. 35-46.

 

Nigel has a thread up at Civil War Talk Civil War forumsGo get the issue, read the article, and give him your feedback! Or leave a question in the comments below and I’ll make sure Nigel sees it.

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Todd January 8, 2022 at 3:41 pm

Thanks for this. I’m waiting to see a good map at the regimental level of the battle. I don’t recall ever seeing one.

Brett Schulte January 10, 2022 at 11:03 am

Todd,

You’re welcome! Agreed. I don’t think there is enough information publicly available right now to even do a brigade map correctly, much less a regimental level map. Nigel is working on trying to better understand exactly what happened in the battle, and for now has focused on the brigade level in terms of troop movements. His article shows what he thinks happened, and he backs it up with primary sources. It is an interesting topic for sure.

Brett Schulte

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