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Hess, Earl J.

Works: 36 works in 157 publications in 1 language and 16,872 library holdings
Genres: History  Personal narratives  Biography  Military history  Guidebooks  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author
Classifications: E468.9, 973.73
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Most widely held works by Earl J Hess
The Union soldier in battle : enduring the ordeal of combat by Earl J Hess( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing extensively upon the letters, diaries, and memoirs of Northern soldiers, Hess reveals their deepest fears and shocks, and also their sources of inner strength. By identifying recurrent themes found in these accounts, Hess constructs a multilayered view of the many ways in which these men coped with the challenges of battle."--Jacket
Pea Ridge : Civil War campaign in the West by William L Shea( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first definitive study of a Civil War battle in the Trans-Mississippi shows how the battle of Pea Ridge in northwestern Arkansas dramatically altered the balance of power and helped ensure Union victory
Singin' in the rain : the making of an American masterpiece by Earl J Hess( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This title combines prose with scholarship to provide the complete inside story of how 'Singin' in the Rain' was made, marketed, and received
Liberty, virtue, and progress : Northerners and their war for the Union by Earl J Hess( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 1997 in English and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pickett's charge--the last attack at Gettysburg by Earl J Hess( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With this book, Hess sweeps away the accumulated myths about Pickett's Charge to provide the definitive history of the engagement. He explores why the assault took place, how it was organized, what mistakes were made in launching or repelling it, and what it really meant for the final outcome of the Civil War."
The Civil War in the West : victory and defeat from the Appalachians to the Mississippi by Earl J Hess( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides a history of Civil War battles fought in the stretch of land from the Appalachians to the Mississippi, discussing how the North leveraged the manpower of free blacks and advanced techonologies to come out the victor
A German in the Yankee fatherland : the Civil War letters of Henry A. Kircher by Henry A Kircher( Book )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fighting for the Union was, for Henry Kircher and his comrades in arms, fighting for "the Fatherland." They were German-speaking soldiers in the Northern Army, immigrants and sons of immigrants from the German communities of the Midwest. For them the Civil War was, among other things, a process of Americanization. This is one of the themes that emerge from the letters Kircher wrote home. The war introduced this shy young machinist from the German émigré community of Belleville, Illinois, to other parts of the nation, to a broader mix of Americans, to the national issues at stake. At the same time he was growing in maturity as the bitter reality of battle and the deaths of friends tempered the romantic patriotism that prompted his enlistment. When he was mustered out after four years, a double amputee, he was ready to take his place as a leader in the political and commercial life of his no longer exclusively German community. But the war itself is the primary topic of the letters. Written in the language in which he was most fluent and now translated for this publication, they are articulate, witty, and completely revealing. Kircher's view was broad: he wrote of the larger strategies, often accompanied by sketch maps in the margins, as well as of the personal experiences; of the politics of Army life as well as of his friends and their daily lives. He served in the ninth Illinois infantry, a German unit from Western Illinois, before entering the 12th Missouri, which consisted largely of German immigrants from St. Louis. He saw, and vividly described, action in campaigns in Arkansas at the long siege of Vicksburg, and at Chattanooga. Earl J. Hess has assembled these letters in careful translation and provided appropriate notes as well as introductory and concluding chapters to round out the biographical account. Connectives paragraphs bridge gaps in the narrative and supplement the letters with quotations from the diaries that Kircher kept in English. Photographs and maps round out the volume. - Jacket flap
Banners to the breeze : the Kentucky Campaign, Corinth, and Stones River by Earl J Hess( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Banners to the Breeze analyzes three major Civil War campaigns that were conducted following a series of devastating Confederate defeats at the hands of Ulysses S. Grant in the spring of 1862. Earl J. Hess mixes dramatic narrative and new analysis as he brings these campaigns together in a coherent whole. Previously unpublished historic photographs of the battlefields are included."--Jacket
Field armies and fortifications in the Civil War : the Eastern campaigns, 1861-1864 by Earl J Hess( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hess studies the use of fortifications by tracing the campaigns of the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia from April 1861 to April 1864. He considers the role of field fortifications in the defense of cities, river crossings, and railroads and in numerous battles. Blending technical aspects of construction with operational history, Hess demonstrates the crucial role these earthworks played in the success or failure of field armies." "Based on fieldwork at 300 battle sites and extensive research in official reports, letters, diaries, and archaeological studies, this book stands to become an indispensable reference for Civil War historians."--Jacket
Kennesaw Mountain : Sherman, Johnston, and the Atlanta Campaign by Earl J Hess( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While fighting his way toward Atlanta, William T. Sherman encountered his biggest roadblock at Kennesaw Mountain, where Joseph E. Johnston's Army of Tennessee held a heavily fortified position. The opposing armies confronted each other from June 19 to July 3, 1864. Hess explains how this battle, with its combination of maneuver and combat, severely tried the patience and endurance of the common soldier and why Johnston's strategy might have been the Confederates' best chance to halt the Federal drive toward Atlanta
Trench warfare under Grant & Lee : field fortifications in the Overland Campaign by Earl J Hess( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Engineer assets in the Overland Campaign -- The Wilderness -- Spotsylvania, May 8-11 -- The Mule Shoe Salient at Spotsylvania, May 12 -- Spotsylvania, May 13-20 -- Bermuda Hundred -- North Anna -- Cold Harbor, May 27-June 2 -- Attack and siege--Cold Harbor, June 3-7 -- Holding the trenches at Cold Harbor, June 7-12 -- Conclusion -- Appendix: The design and construction of field fortifications in the Overland Campaign
Lee's Tar Heels : the Pettigrew-Kirkland-MacRae Brigade by Earl J Hess( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Pettigrew-Kirkland-MacRae Brigade was one of North Carolina's best-known and most successful units during the Civil War. Formed in 1862, the brigade spent nearly a year protecting supply lines before being thrust into its first major combat at Gettysburg. There, James Johnston Pettigrew's men pushed back the Union's famed Iron Brigade in vicious fighting on July 1 and played a key role in Pickett's Charge on July 3, in the process earning a reputation as one of the hardest-fighting units in Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Despite suffering heavy losses during the Gettysburg camp
The rifle musket in Civil War combat : reality and myth by Earl J Hess( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Civil War's single-shot, muzzle-loading musket revolutionized warfare - or so we've been told for years. Noted historian Earl J. Hess forcefully challenges that claim, offering a new, clear-eyed, and convincing assessment of the rifle musket's actual performance on the battlefield and its impact on the course of the Civil War." "Hess contends that its impact was much more limited than previously supposed and was confined primarily to marginal operations such as skirmishing and sniping. He argues further that its potential to alter battle line operations was virtually nullified by inadequate training, soldiers' preference for shortrange firing, and the difficulty of seeing the enemy at a distance. He notes that bullets fired from the new musket followed a parabolic trajectory unlike those fired from smoothbores; at mid-range, those rifle balls flew well above the enemy, creating two killing zones between which troops could operate untouched. He also presents the most complete discussion to date of the development of skirmishing and sniping in the Civil War." "Drawing upon the observations and reflections of the soldiers themselves, Hess offers the most compelling argument yet made regarding the actual use of the rifle musket and its influence on Civil War combat. Engagingly written and meticulously researched, his book will be of special interest to Civil War scholars, buffs, reenactors, and gun enthusiasts alike."--Jacket
In the trenches at Petersburg : field fortifications & Confederate defeat by Earl J Hess( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Petersburg campaign began June 15, 1864, with Union attempts to break an improvised line of Confederate field fortifications. By the time the campaign ended on April 2, 1865, two opposing lines of sophisticated and complex earthworks stretched for thirty-five miles, covering not only Petersburg but also the southeastern approaches to Richmond. This book, the third volume in Earl Hess's trilogy on the war in the eastern theater, recounts the strategic and tactical operations in Virginia during the last ten months of the Civil War, when field fortifications dominated military planning and the landscape of battle. The book covers all aspects of the campaign, especially military engineering, including mining and countermining, the fashioning of wire entanglements, the laying of torpedo fields, and the construction of underground shelters to protect the men who manned the works. It also humanizes the experience of the soldiers working in the fortifications, revealing their attitudes toward attacking and defending earthworks and the human cost of trench warfare in the waning days of the war
Into the Crater : the mine attack at Petersburg by Earl J Hess( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Battle of the Crater on July 30, 1864, was the defining event in the 292-day campaign around Petersburg, Virginia, in the Civil War ... In this narrative account of the Crater and its aftermath, Hess identifies the most reliable evidence to be found in hundreds of published and unpublished eyewitness accounts, official reports, and historic photographs. Archaeological studies and field research on the ground itself, now preserved within the Petersburg National Battlefield, complement the archival and published sources. Hess re-creates the battle ... with the sights and sounds of combat at the Crater in moment-by-moment descriptions that bring modern readers into the chaos of close range combat. Hess discusses field fortifications as well as the leadership of Union generals Grant, George Meade, and Ambrose Burnside, and of Confederate generals Lee, P.G.T Beauregard, and A.P. Hill. He also chronicles the atrocities committed against captured black soldiers, both in the heat of battle and afterward, and the efforts of some Confederate officers to halt this vicious conduct"--Jacket
The Battle of Ezra Church and the Struggle for Atlanta by Earl J Hess( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fought on July 28, 1864, the Battle of Ezra Church was a dramatic engagement during the Civil War's Atlanta Campaign. Confederate forces under John Bell Hood desperately fought to stop William T. Sherman's advancing armies as they tried to cut the last Confederate supply line into the city. Confederates under General Stephen D. Lee nearly overwhelmed the Union right flank, but Federals under General Oliver O. Howard decisively repelled every attack. After five hours of struggle, 5,000 Confederates lay dead and wounded, while only 632 Federals were lost. The result was another major step in Sherman's long effort to take Atlanta. Hess challenges many common misconceptions about the battle, and sheds new light on the complexities and significance of this important engagement, both on and off the battlefield
The Knoxville Campaign : Burnside and Longstreet in East Tennessee by Earl J Hess( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the fall and winter of 1863, Union General Ambrose Burnside and Confederate General James Longstreet vied for control of the city of Knoxville and with it the railroad that linked the Confederacy east and west. The generals and their men competed, too, for the hearts and minds of the people of East Tennessee. Often overshadowed by the fighting at Chickamauga and Chattanooga, this important campaign has never received a full scholarly treatment. In this landmark book, award-winning historian Earl J. Hess fills a gap in Civil War scholarship -- a timely contribution that coincides with and commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The East Tennessee campaign was an important part of the war in the West. It brought the conflict to Knoxville in a devastating way, forcing the Union defenders to endure two weeks of siege in worsening winter conditions. The besieging Confederates suffered equally from supply shortages, while the civilian population was caught in the middle and the town itself suffered widespread destruction. The campaign culminated in the famed attack on Fort Sanders early on the morning of November 29, 1863. The bloody repulse of Longstreet's veterans that morning contributed significantly to the unraveling of Confederate hopes in the Western theater of operations. Hess's compelling account is filled with numerous maps and images that enhance the reader's understanding of this vital campaign that tested the heart of East Tennessee. The author's narrative and analysis will appeal to a broad audience, including general readers, seasoned scholars, and new students of Tennessee and Civil War history. The Knoxville Campaign will thoroughly reorient our view of the war as it played out in the mountains and valleys of East Tennessee. - Publisher
Wilson's Creek, Pea Ridge, and Prairie Grove : a battlefield guide, with a section on Wire Road by Earl J Hess( Book )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wilson's Creek, Pea Ridge, and Prairie Grove were three of the most important battles fought west of the Mississippi River during the Civil War. They influenced the course of the first half of the war in that region by shaping Union military efforts while significantly contributing to Confederate defeat. Wilson's Creek, Pea Ridge, and Prairie Grove, the first book to provide a detailed guide to these battlefields, takes the visitor step-by-step through the major sites of each engagement. With numerous maps and illustrations that enhance the authors' descriptions of what happened at each stop, the book also includes analytical accounts explaining tactical problems associated with each battle as well as vignettes evoking for readers the personal experience of those who fought there
The cinematic voyage of The Pirate : Kelly, Garland, and Minnelli at work by Earl J Hess( Book )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Among the many products of the Arthur Freed Unit at M-G-M, The Pirate has garnered a great deal of attention from viewers and critics alike as one of the most interesting film musicals of all time. Although not as universally acclaimed as Singin' in the Rain, The Pirate is an important film musical to study for a number of reasons. It represents the start of Gene Kelly's glory period as actor, choreographer, and dancer
Lincoln Memorial University and the shaping of Appalachia by Earl J Hess( Book )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Located near Cumberland Gap in the rugged hills of East Tennessee, Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) was founded in 1897 to help disadvantaged Appalachian youth and reward the descendents of Union loyalists in the region. Its founder was former Union General Oliver Otis Howard, a personal friend of Abraham Lincoln, who made it his mission to sustain an institution of higher learning in the mountain South that would honor the memory of the Civil War president
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The Union soldier in battle : enduring the ordeal of combat
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Pea Ridge : Civil War campaign in the WestSingin' in the rain : the making of an American masterpieceLiberty, virtue, and progress : Northerners and their war for the UnionPickett's charge--the last attack at GettysburgBanners to the breeze : the Kentucky Campaign, Corinth, and Stones RiverField armies and fortifications in the Civil War : the Eastern campaigns, 1861-1864Trench warfare under Grant & Lee : field fortifications in the Overland CampaignLee's Tar Heels : the Pettigrew-Kirkland-MacRae Brigade