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HARDTACK and HARD TIMES: Historian and Author Robert E. Lee (Bobby) Krick Appearing in Kingsport.

Ned Jilton • Aug 6, 2014 at 3:58 PM

The Tri-Cities Civil War Round Table (TCCWRT) is bringing Robert E. Lee (Bobby) Krick, Civil War historian from Richmond, VA, to Kingsport Monday, Aug 11.

According to D. Wayne Strong of the TCCWRT, Krick "is a highly talented, gifted and knowledgeable speaker, His program topic, "1864 Battles of 1st and 2nd Deep Bottom, Lee and his Generals", centers around two battle in Southeastern Virginia after the Overland Campaign".

Krick has lived or worked on Civil War battlefields almost continuously since 1972.He grew up on the Chancellorsville battlefield near Fredericksburg, and graduated from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg with a degree in history.He has worked in various historical capacities at several battlefields, including Custer Battlefield in Montana, and Manassas Battlefield.Since 1991 he has been an historian on the staff at Richmond National Battlefield Park.

Krick is widely published on Civil War topics.His first book was a unit history (The Fortieth Virginia Infantry). In 2003 the University of North Carolina Press published his biographical register of the Army of Northern Virginia's staff officers (Staff Officers in Gray). He presently is working on a study of R. E. Lee's first victory, the battle of Gaines's Mill.

The first Battle of Deep Bottom was fought July 27--29, 1864,at Deep Bottom in Henrico County, Virginia, as part of the Siege of Petersburg of the American Civil War. A Union force under Maj. Gens. Winfield S. Hancock and Philip H. Sheridan was sent on an expedition threatening Richmond, Virginia, and its railroads, intending to attract Confederate troops away from the Petersburg defensive line, in anticipation of the upcoming Battle of the Crater. The Union infantry and cavalry force was unable to break through the Confederate fortifications at Bailey's Creek and Fussell's Mill and was withdrawn, but it achieved its desired effect of momentarily reducing Confederate strength at Petersburg.

The second Battle of Deep Bottom was fought August 14--20 1864, at Deep Bottom in Henrico County, Virginia, during the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign (Siege of Petersburg) of the American Civil War.During the night of August 13--14, a force under the command of Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock crossed the James River at Deep Bottom to threaten Richmond and attract Confederate forces away from the Petersburg, Virginia, trenches and the Shenandoah Valley. On August 14, the X Corps closed on New Market Heights while the II Corps extended the Federal line to the right along Bailey's Creek. During the night, the X Corps was moved to the right flank of the Union line near Fussell's Mill. On August 16, Union assaults near the mill were initially successful, but Confederate counterattacks drove the Federals back. After days of indecisive skirmishing the Federals returned to the south side of the James on the night of August 20. The Confederates achieved their objective of driving back the Union threat, but at a cost of diluting their forces as the Union had hoped.

The TCCWRT sponsored program will be on Monday, August 11, 2014, beginning at 7:00pm in the Eastman's Toy F. Reid Employee Center, 400 South Wilcox Dr., Kingsport, TN in Room 219.

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