"Field fortifications played a major role in the American Civil War, evolving from a widely despised expedient to a universally recognized necessity. It is a cause for astonishment that no one has attempted a scholarly look at that burgeoning military development--until now. "Field Armies and Fortifications", by Earl J. Hess, ably takes on the important topic, and makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the war. (Robert K. Krick, author of "Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain" and "The Smoothbore Volley That Doomed the Confederacy")"
"One of the most significant historiographical debates among currently practicing Civil War military historians. . . . A valuable contribution."--The North Carolina Historical Review