"Rose's prodigious and impeccable scholarship greatly strengthens his penetrating analysis of both Grant the man and Grant the commander." -William Glenn Robertson, author of Back Door to Richmond: The Bermuda Hundred
Campaign, April-June 1864 and The Petersburg Campaign: The Battle of Old Men and Young Boys, June 9, 1864
In fact, neither the chronic alcoholism exhibited by Meagher, the scandalous money-making schemes conducted by Butler and Hurlbut, nor the humiliating defeats experienced by Banks at Port Hudson and Sabine Crossroads, Sigel at New Market, or Butler at Bermuda Hundred
could lead to their permanent removal.
He sent them first to Bermuda Hundred to confer with General Butler and apprise him of the impending operation.
Grant intended to embark that corps at White House Landing on the Pamunkey River, have it steam 150 miles around the James peninsula, and lead the attack on Petersburg from Bermuda Hundred. Smith would cooperate with the II Army Corps, which would cross the James farther downstream.
One hundred and fifty-five ponton boats with their attendant bridging equipment had quickly gone to Bermuda Hundred, and the additional battalion bridge trains from the 50th New York were ordered south.
While the first three columns funneled south toward Charles City Court House, Smith's fourth column marched to White House Landing to embark for Bermuda Hundred. If all went according to plan, two days of maneuver should see Smith arriving at Bermuda Hundred and the Army of the Potomac crossing the James on a combination of ferry and ponton bridging--and marching on Petersburg unopposed.
Beauregard's inability to exploit the situation at the Bermuda Hundred
in May 1864.
Principal battles: Big Bethel (near Yorktown, Virginia), Hatteras Inlet (1861); Bermuda Hundred
(Virginia) (1864); siege of Petersburg (Virginia) (1864-1865).
Principal battles: Port Royal (South Carolina) (1861); Fort Pulaski (1862); Somerset, Charleston Harbor (1863); Bermuda Hundred
, Drewry's Bluff (both near Richmond) (1864).
Principal battles: Big Bethel (near Yorktown) (1861); Seven Days' battles (near Richmond), Bull Run II (Manassas, Virginia), Antietam, Fredericksburg (1862); Chancellorsville (near Fredericksburg) (1863); Bermuda Hundred
, Cold Harbor (both near Richmond) (1864); Fort Fisher (near Wilmington, North Carolina), Bentonville (near Newton Grove, North Carolina) (1865).