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:
- Rebel Units and their Commanders at the Battle of Hatcher’s Run: February 5-7, 1865
- Rebel Units and Commanders at the Battle of Hatcher’s Run: Confederate Second Corps
- Rebel Units and Commanders at the Battle of Hatcher’s Run: Confederate Third Corps
- Rebel Units and Commanders at the Battle of Hatcher’s Run: Confederate Cavalry
- Rebel Units and Commanders at the Battle of Hatcher’s Run: Epilogue and Order of Battle
The 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 forums. Go 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.