The Great Battle Never Fought: The Mine Run Campaign, November 26 - December 2, 1863

The Great Battle Never Fought: The Mine Run Campaign, November 26 - December 2, 1863

by Chris Mackowski PhD

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Overview

The stakes for George Gordon Meade could not have been higher.

After his stunning victory at Gettysburg in July of 1863, the Union commander spent the following months trying to bring the Army of Northern Virginia to battle once more and finish the job. The Confederate army, robbed of much of its offensive strength, nevertheless parried Meade’s moves time after time. Although the armies remained in constant contact during those long months of cavalry clashes, quick maneuvers, and sudden skirmishes, Lee continued to frustrate Meade’s efforts.

Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., Meade’s political enemies launched an all-out assault against his reputation and generalship. Even the very credibility of his victory at Gettysburg came under assault. Pressure mounted for the army commander to score a decisive victory and prove himself once more.

Smaller victories, like those at Bristoe Station and Rappahannock Station, did little to quell the growing clamor—particularly because out west, in Chattanooga, another Union general, Ulysses S. Grant, was once again reversing Federal misfortunes. Meade needed a comparable victory in the east.

And so, on Thanksgiving Day, 1863, the Army of the Potomac rumbled into motion once more, intent on trying again to bring about the great battle that would end the war.

The Great Battle Never Fought: The Mine Run Campaign, November 26-December 2 1863 recounts the final chapter of the forgotten fall of 1863—when George Gordon Meade made one final attempt to save the Union and, in doing so, save himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611214079
Publisher: Savas Beatie
Publication date: 11/30/2018
Series: Emerging Civil War Series
Sales rank: 275,619
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Chris Mackowski, Ph.D., is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of the online resource Emerging Civil War. A writing professor in the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY, Chris is also historian-in-residence at Stevenson Ridge, a historic property on the Spotsylvania battlefield in central Virginia. The series editor of the award-winning Emerging Civil War Series, he has authored or co-authored a dozen books on the Civil War, and his articles have appeared in major Civil War magazines.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Prologue xiii

Chapter 1 The Deep Game 1

Chapter 2 Rappahannock Station and Kelly's Ford 9

Chapter 3 Thanksgiving Day 19

Chapter 4 Into the Wilderness 29

Chapter 5 Robinson's Tavern 33

Chapter 6 New Hope Church 41

Chapter 7 The Road to Payne's Farm 47

Chapter 8 The Battle of Payne's Farm-Part I 51

Chapter 9 The Battle of Payne's Farm-Part II 57

Chapter 10 Along Mine Run 71

Chapter 11 Warren's March 81

Chapter 12 Expecting a Carnival of Death 89

Charter 13 The Moral Courage of George Gordon Meade 97

Chapter 14 Lee's Lost Opportunity 105

Epilogue 113

Afterword Theodore F Savas 125

Touring Mine Run 133

Appendix A Rest, Soldier, Rest by Mike Block 153

Appendix B "I Suppose the Result Will Be a Pretty General Sweeping Out": The Army of the Potomac's Reorganization by Ryan T. Quint 159

Order of Battle 164

Suggested Reading 174

About the Author 176

Footnotes for this volume are available at emergingcivilwar.com/publications/the emerging-civil-war-series/footnotes

Routes of March to the Battlefield, November 26-27, 1863 22

Battle of Payne's Farm-Initial Phase 52

Battle Of Payne's Farm-Second Phase 58

Positions Along Mine Run, November 28, 1863 82

Warren's Position, 90

Mine Run Tour 132

Civil War Battle of Payne's Farm Walking Trail Map by Steven Stanley, Courtesy American Battlefield trust 137

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