Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Frances W. Gregory


"the Suffolk Campaign: A Case Study," covers the Civil War that began on April 11, 1863 and ended on May 3, 1863 and centered around the small Tidewater Virginia town of Suffolk. Suffolk's strategic prominence was derived from its access to the James River, through tributary (the Nansemond), and two major railroads which ran through the town--the Petersburg and Norfolk, and the Roanoke and Seaboard. The Confederates abandoned the town after McClellan's Peninsula Campaign made their position their untenable. Federal troops quickly entered Suffolk and established it as the first line of defense for Norfolk. Suffolk came under the military jurisdiction of the Confederate Department of Southern Virginia and North Carolina and the newly appointed commander, Lieutenant General James Longstreet.

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