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From 1861 to 1865, the United States was locked in a bitter, bloody war that was different from any that had gone before. Improved artillery and musketry made the battles more lethal, while new technology made transportation and communications important elements of battlefield strategy. The end result was a total war in which the Union and the Confederacy fought for their very survival.
Battles of the Civil War introduces 20 key battles from the conflict that shaped modern America. Beginning with the Confederate capture of Fort Sumter (April 1861), and concluding with the capitulation of Petersburg, Virginia (April 1865), after an eight-month long siege by Union forces, this book offers accessible and concise accounts of all the decisive battles of the Civil War.
The book includes every type of battle, including the huge set-piece infantry battles at First Manassas (July 1861), Antietam (September 1862), and Gettysburg (July 1863); the use of cavalry at Chancellorsville (May 1863); and the successful Federal blockade of the South that result in the destruction of the Confederate navy at New Orleans (May 1862) and Mobile Bay (August 1864).
Each battle includes a contextual introduction of the campaign, a concise description of the action, and ananalysis of the aftermath. A specially-commissioned, color map illustrating the dispositions and movement of forces brings the subject to life and helps the reader to grasp—at a glance—the development of the battle. With more than 200 color and black-and-white maps, artworks, and photographs illustrating the battles, leading players, and tactics of the era, Battles of the Civil War provides a useful introduction to some key battles of the most bloody conflict in the history of the United States. Designed for both the general reader and enthusiast, the book is an essential companion for anyone interested in North American military history.
Posted April 16, 2008
Posted December 19, 2007
One set of falsehoods and tall tales after another. The author's names may well be the only truth in this collection of myths. Example: Even the most stallwart of modern-day anti-Longstreet authors admits there was no truth whatsoever to the 'sunrise attack order' for General James Longstreet at Gettysburg, yet it is once more purported here as fact. What passes for facts in this book are simply reiterations of the 'lost cause mythology' which has been disproven many times over. As a matter of fact, I will reward handsomely anyone who can produce irrefutable evidence that General Lee ordered Longstreet to attack at sunrise at Gettysburg or that General Lee was at all upset with Longstreet's deportment during that battle. It simply does not exist. The American reader deserves better than this. Don't waste your money.
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