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Hess, Earl J.

Works: 58 works in 273 publications in 1 language and 25,060 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Biographies  Guidebooks  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction
Classifications: E468.9, 973.741
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Most widely held works about Earl J Hess
Most widely held works by Earl J Hess
Pea Ridge : Civil War campaign in the West by William L Shea( Book )

12 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 1,773 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
The Knoxville Campaign : Burnside and Longstreet in East Tennessee by Earl J Hess( )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,646 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
Lincoln Memorial University and the shaping of Appalachia by Earl J Hess( )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,595 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.In Lincoln Memorial University and the Shaping of Appalachia, LMU Professor Earl J. Hess presents a highly
Pickett's charge--the last attack at Gettysburg by Earl J Hess( )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 1,578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing on exhaustive research, especially in unpublished personal accounts, Hess creates a narrative of the attack from both Union and Confederate perspectives. He examines the history of the units involved, their state of readiness, how they maneuvered under fire, and what the men who marched in the ranks thought about their participation in the assault. Ultimately, Hess explains, such an approach reveals Pickett's Charge as both a case study in how soldiers deal with combat and a dramatic episode of heroism, failure, and fate on the battlefield."--Jacket
Liberty, virtue, and progress : Northerners and their war for the Union by Earl J Hess( )

11 editions published between 1988 and 1997 in English and held by 1,440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Earl Hess has constructed the first comprehensive study of its kind to deal with Northern soldiers and civilians, with intellectual and social elites and with the masses. Drawing on published and unpublished sources including letters, diaries, and memoirs, he asserts that Northerners used ideology as a tool to retain their faith in their ideas. Northern values - self-government, democracy, individualism, egalitarianism, and self-control - were at the basis of American society. These values, shared by citizens both in and out of uniform, were instrumental in promoting a consensus and provided a commonly understood language that served to explain the Southern rebellion and why it was important for Unionists to crush it. Hess contends that, contrary to commonly held interpretations of war as disruptive of prewar ideals - that war produces disillusionment, cynicism, and bitterness - the Northerners' determination resulted in little change in ideology throughout even the worst of the war. He also suggests that the real change in ideology occurred after the war, due to changes in the economy and society
The Civil War in the West : victory and defeat from the Appalachians to the Mississippi by Earl J Hess( )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 1,395 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 technologies to come out the victor
Wilson's Creek, Pea Ridge, and Prairie Grove : a battlefield guide, with a section on Wire Road by Earl J Hess( )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,379 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
Kennesaw Mountain : Sherman, Johnston, and the Atlanta Campaign by Earl J Hess( )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 1,363 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( )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 1,290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Continuing the study of field fortifications he began in Field Armies and Fortifications in the Civil War, Earl J. Hess turns to the 1864 Overland campaign in this volume, which covers battles from the Wilderness to Cold Harbor. Trench warfare began in earnest and became an important part of tactical operations during this phase of the war in Virginia." "Drawing on research in primary sources and careful examination of trench remnants at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, and Bermuda Hundred, Hess describes Union and Confederate earthworks and how Grant and Lee used them in this new era of field entrenchments." "Bolstered by rare, historic photographs and new detailed maps of the trench remnants, this book constitutes the second installment of a three-volume study of field fortifications in the eastern campaigns."--BOOK JACKET
The Battle of Ezra Church and the Struggle for Atlanta by Earl J Hess( )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and held by 1,197 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
Lee's Tar Heels : the Pettigrew-Kirkland-MacRae Brigade by Earl J Hess( )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 1,183 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 the summer of 1862, the brigade spent many months protecting supply lines in its home state before it was 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." "Lee's Tar Heels tells the story of the men who made up the Pettigrew-Kirkland-MacRae Brigade, which included the 11th, 26th, 44th, and 52nd North Carolina Regiments. Earl Hess chronicles the unit's formation and growth under Pettigrew and its subsequent exploits under William W. Kirkland and William MacRae. Beyond recounting the brigade's military engagements, Hess draws on letters, diaries, memoirs, and service records to explore the camp life, medical care, social backgrounds, and political attitudes of these gallant Tar Heels. He also addresses the continuing debate between North Carolinians and Virginians over responsibility for the failure of Pickett's Charge."--BOOK JACKET
The cinematic voyage of The Pirate : Kelly, Garland, and Minnelli at work by Earl J Hess( )

11 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,148 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
Field armies and fortifications in the Civil War : the Eastern campaigns, 1861-1864 by Earl J Hess( )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 1,104 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
Braxton Bragg : the most hated man of the Confederacy by Earl J Hess( )

12 editions published between 2016 and 2021 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,031 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As a leading Confederate general, Braxton Bragg (1817-1876) earned a reputation for incompetence, for wantonly shooting his own soldiers, and for losing battles. This public image established him not only as a scapegoat for the South's military failures but also as the chief whipping boy of the Confederacy. The strongly negative opinions of Bragg's contemporaries have continued to color assessments of the general's military career and character by generations of historians. Rather than take these assessments at face value, Earl J. Hess's biography offers a much more balanced account of Bragg, the man and the officer."--Dust jacket flap
In the trenches at Petersburg : field fortifications & Confederate defeat by Earl J Hess( )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 987 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
The Union soldier in battle : enduring the ordeal of combat by Earl J Hess( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 936 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
The battle of Peach Tree Creek : Hood's first effort to save Atlanta by Earl J Hess( )

8 editions published between 2017 and 2020 in English and held by 840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On July 20, 1864, the Civil War struggle for Atlanta reached a pivotal moment. As William T. Sherman's Union forces came ever nearer the city, the defending Confederate Army of Tennessee replaced its commanding general, removing Joseph E. Johnston and elevating John Bell Hood. This decision stunned and demoralized Confederate troops just when Hood was compelled to take the offensive against the approaching Federals. Attacking northward from Atlanta's defenses, Hood's men struck George H. Thomas's Army of the Cumberland just after it crossed Peach Tree Creek on July 20. Initially taken by surprise, the Federals fought back with spirit and nullified all the advantages the Confederates first enjoyed. As a result, the Federals achieved a remarkable defensive victory. Offering new and definitive interpretations of the battle's place within the Atlanta campaign, Earl J. Hess describes how several Confederate regiments and brigades made a pretense of advancing but then stopped partway to the objective and took cover for the rest of the afternoon on July 20. Hess shows that morale played an unusually important role in determining the outcome at Peach Tree Creek - a soured mood among the Confederates and overwhelming confidence among the Federals spelled disaster for one side and victory for the other. -- From dust jacket
Singin' in the rain : the making of an American masterpiece by Earl J Hess( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 731 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
Fighting for Atlanta : tactics, terrain, and trenches in the Civil War by Earl J Hess( )

9 editions published between 2018 and 2020 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As William T. Sherman's Union troops began their campaign for Atlanta in the spring of 1864, they encountered Confederate forces employing field fortifications located to take advantage of rugged terrain. While the Confederates consistently acted on the defensive, digging eighteen lines of earthworks from May to September, the Federals used fieldworks both defensively and offensively. With 160,000 troops engaged on both sides and hundreds of miles of trenches dug, fortifications became a defining factor in the Atlanta campaign battles. These engagements took place on topography ranging from Appalachian foothills to the clay fields of Georgia's Piedmont. Leading military historian Earl J. Hess examines how commanders adapted their operations to the physical environment, how the environment in turn affected their movements, and how Civil War armies altered the terrain through the science of field fortification"--
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
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The Union soldier in battle : enduring the ordeal of combat
Lincoln Memorial University and the shaping of AppalachiaPickett's charge--the last attack at GettysburgLiberty, virtue, and progress : Northerners and their war for the UnionWilson's Creek, Pea Ridge, and Prairie Grove : a battlefield guide, with a section on Wire RoadTrench warfare under Grant & Lee : field fortifications in the Overland CampaignLee's Tar Heels : the Pettigrew-Kirkland-MacRae BrigadeField armies and fortifications in the Civil War : the Eastern campaigns, 1861-1864In the trenches at Petersburg : field fortifications & Confederate defeat
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