The "Blackberry Raid"... K???

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You will learn about the famed Blackberry Raid by General Dix into Virginia while Lee was on a road trip to Pennsylvania. General Halleck ordered General Dix to attack all the bridges and Richmond itself while Lee left his Southern front with sparse troops. General Dix went about his orders. There is littery nothing on the Blackberry Raid except for this book that came out a while back. You will see it mentioned in a regiment history that participated in it. If you look it up you get this same book over and over again... Wiki does not even have a page for the Blackberry Raid...


Thousands of books have been written about the Gettysburg Campaign, yet talented scholars with fresh insights continue to prove the last has not been said about our most studied military campaign. In Gettysburg’s Southern Front, Hampton Newsome takes readers beyond the fields of Pennsylvania to examine Union efforts to threaten Richmond and its vital railroads in June and July 1863. In doing so, he offers a masterful campaign narrative of understudied military actions, squarely integrating them in the wider scope of the war.

This guy wrote a book review on the book to and is a member here on our forum once in a while...


Hampton Newsome has a knack for finding parts of the Civil War that have been either ignored or undercovered and then doing a great job of researching and writing compelling narratives about those parts. This wonderful book is no exception. In these pages he discusses actions other authors glossed over when discussing the Gettysburg campaign and discusses fights others have ignored, giving us the stories of officers and men most of us have never encountered before. “While Lee’s columns tramped north,” during the Gettysburg campaign, he tells us, “the Federal boats at White House Landing unloaded a thousand cavalrymen and horses a mere 20 miles east of Richmond. Soon after, thousands of additional Federal troops would arrive. The date was Thursday, June 25, 1863, and another offensive against the rebel capital had begun. The ensuing campaign, sometimes called the ‘Blackberry Raid’ or ‘Dix’s Peninsula Campaign,’ would provide a clear window into Union military performance in the eastern theater during the war’s first years. Over the course of the operation, a force of 20,000 US soldiers, a collection of mostly inexperienced units from the Fourth and Seventh Corps led by Major General John A. Dix, would launch a series of strikes against Richmond’s defenses and it supply lines from its temporary base at White House on the Pamunkey. To meet the Federal threat, a threadbare rebel force struggled to guard the city’s multiple approaches. Over the course of a few weeks, the Federal operations ignited several engagements in the fields east of Richmond and at the vital railroad bridges on the South Anna River to the north.” [pp. 1-
 

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Here is the cover of the book...1706987001699.png
 
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