- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
In this successor volume to his acclaimed Origins of the American Civil War (1996), Civil War historian Brian Holden Reid examines in depth the operational military history during the first three years of America’s Civil War. In particular, he focuses on generalship, command decisions, strategy, and tactics, as well as the experiences of ordinary soldiers.
Besides lack of experience among generals, Holden Reid reveals that for the first few years of the war there was considerable indecisiveness in the North, a hesitancy to punish the South, and a fruitless hope that the Confederacy would agree to some form of reconciliation. He highlights certain important political and social developments during the course of the war that had an effect on Union soldiers and shows how their views became a catalyst in hardening the attitudes in the North toward the South.
This important analysis makes a major contribution to Civil War military history within the larger context of a turbulent political and social climate. It will be followed by another work covering the final eighteen months of the conflict.
Ch. 1 Why the War Came, How It Was Fought 25
Ch. 2 The First Phase: April 1861 to March 1862 49
Ch. 3 War on the Margins: September 1861 to June 1862 79
Ch. 4 Union Frustration: April to July 1862 127
Ch. 5 Confederate Frustration: July to September 1862 165
Ch. 6 The Confederacy Fumbles and a Bold Union Move: September to October 1862 203
Ch. 7 Errors in the Attack: November 1862 to March 1863 229
Ch. 8 The Ebb and Flow of Battle: April to July 1863 265
Ch. 9 Grant Triumphs over Adversity: July 1862 to July 1863 313
Ch. 10 Breaking the Deadlock in Tennessee: June to December 1863 345
Ch. 11 Halftime: The Transformation of a War 389
Ch. 12 The Experience of War 413
Postscript: The Problem of Indecisiveness 441