Cause Lost: Myths and Realities of the Confederacy

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"This provocative book challenges readers to look at old questions in new ways. It 's a splendid read, entertaining and enlightening in equal measure and leavened with more than a dash of humor."—Gary W. Gallagher, editor of The Third Day at Gettysburg and Beyond

"The Cause Lost provides interesting and informative reading, in the process presenting some new ideas and fresh facts while exposing some old fallacies."—Albert Castel , author of Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864

"William C. Davis is one of the best and most prolific historians of the American Civil War. His many books on battles, commanders, and Civil War photography have added immeasurably to our knowledge and understanding."—James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom

Author Biography: William C. Davis is the recipient of three Jefferson Davis Awards as well as the T. Harry Williams Memorial Award, Bell I. Wiley Prize, Fletcher Pratt Award, Phi Alpha Theta Award, and Harry S. Truman Award. He lives in Pennsylvania, barely fifty miles from the battlefields of Gettysburg.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In a series of essays (some previously published) dealing with various aspects of the Civil War, Davis (The American Frontier) provides new insights into some of the myths and realities of the war. The essays on Jefferson Davis look at his leadership and his relations with his generals, especially Robert E. Lee, while those on Stonewall Jackson and Breckenridge correct a lot of the myths that have been written since the end of the war. The author also examines the Confederate armies in the West, blaming their losses on poor leadership and lack of support from the Confederate government, and illustrates why slavery was the single issue of the war though 90 percent of the participants from the South did not own slaves. Davis helps clear away misconceptions about the Civil War and gives the reader a clearer insight into problems that affected the South.-- W. Walter Wicker, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston (Ret.)
Library Journal
In a series of essays (some previously published) dealing with various aspects of the Civil War, Davis (The American Frontier) provides new insights into some of the myths and realities of the war. The essays on Jefferson Davis look at his leadership and his relations with his generals, especially Robert E. Lee, while those on Stonewall Jackson and Breckenridge correct a lot of the myths that have been written since the end of the war. The author also examines the Confederate armies in the West, blaming their losses on poor leadership and lack of support from the Confederate government, and illustrates why slavery was the single issue of the war though 90 percent of the participants from the South did not own slaves. Davis helps clear away misconceptions about the Civil War and gives the reader a clearer insight into problems that affected the South.-- W. Walter Wicker, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston (Ret.)
Lesley J. Gordon
...[A] lively, highly readable, but occasionally vexing book by one of the field's most prolific authors. -- Mississippi Quarterly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700612543
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 2/19/2003
  • Series: Modern War Studies
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,396,675
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction
1 Jefferson Davis: The Mystery of the Myth 3
2 Davis, Johnston, and Beauregard: The Triple Play That Crippled the Confederacy 15
3 Davis and Lee: Partnership for Success 35
4 The Siege of Charleston 53
5 A Different Kind of War: Fighting in the West 71
6 Forgotten Wars: The Confederate Trans-Mississippi 93
7 Lost Will, Lost Causes 111
8 The Turning Point That Wasn't: The Confederates and the Election of 1864 127
9 John C. Breckinridge and Confederate Defeat 148
10 Stonewall Jackson in Myth and Memory 161
11 Myths and Realities of the Confederacy 175
12 The Civil War and the Confederacy in Cinema 191
Notes 207
Index 219
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