The Civil War 100


The Civil War was the defining event in American history.
The Civil War 100 uses a truly novel approach to analyze the respective importance of the events, leaders and battles of America's most important war.

"Across this easily accessible reference, readers meet not only such icons as Lincoln and Lee, but also chronic fumblers whose tarnished reputations have most often sunk beneath the notice of the endless waves of Civil War histories...A

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The Civil War was the defining event in American history.
The Civil War 100 uses a truly novel approach to analyze the respective importance of the events, leaders and battles of America's most important war.

"Across this easily accessible reference, readers meet not only such icons as Lincoln and Lee, but also chronic fumblers whose tarnished reputations have most often sunk beneath the notice of the endless waves of Civil War histories...A
recommended reference for the aficionado and the uninitiated alike. Those well-versed in Civil War lore will enjoy the intellectual challenge of supporting or debunking Lanning's rankings, while the merely curious will be exposed to an insightful world of detail that they may have otherwise missed." -ForeWord Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402210402
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Pages: 382
  • Sales rank: 976,306
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Lee Lanning retired from the U.S. Army after more than twenty years of service. He is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served as an infantry platoon leader and company commander. Lanning has written fourteen books on military history, including The Battle 100. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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which they operated or originated. Again, the North and South differed on how to name their armies and followed the general procedures they used to name battles. The Federals designated their armies for rivers while the Confederate armies took their names from the region of their assignment. Thus, the Union Army of the Potomac opposed the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. This becomes even more confusing when the Union organization was the Army of the Tennessee as opposed to the Confederate-named Army of Tennessee.

Officer Ranks: Officers of both sides often had two ranks-one awarded by their state militia and another by the regular army. Even more confusion arises from the practice of both sides to award "brevet" promotions. These ranks, awarded for gallantry or meritorious action, were strictly honorary and had none of the authority or pay of the actual rank. Regular ranks are the ones most used in this work. Both armies followed the traditional ranks of lieutenant, captain, major, lieutenant colonel, colonel, and general. The two sides differed, however, in the rankings of their general officers. The Union maintained three ranks-brigadier general, major general, and lieutenant general, with only the most senior officer achieving this last rank. The Confederacy promoted officers to brigadier general, major general, lieutenant general, and general. Several officers achieved the designation of general with their seniority based on the date of their promotion.

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Table of Contents

Author to Reader

1. Antietam (September 16—18, 1862)
2. Abraham Lincoln (1809—1865)
3. Ulysses Simpson Grant (1822—1885)
4. Gettysburg (July 1—3, 1863)
5. Robert Edward Lee (1807—1870)
6. William Tecumseh Sherman (1820—1891)
7. Vicksburg (May 18—July 4, 1863)
8. Philip Henry Sheridan (1831—1888)
9. Jefferson Davis (1808—1889)
10. First Bull Run (July 21, 1861)
11. George Henry Thomas (1816—1870)
12. Chattanooga (November 23—25, 1863)
13. James Longstreet (1821—1904)
14. David Glasgow Farragut (1801—1870)
15. Franklin (November 30, 1864)
16. March to the Sea (November 15—December 21, 1864)
17. Joseph Eggleston Johnston (1807—1891) -
18. Shiloh (April 6—7, 1862)
19. Jubal Anderson Early (1816—1894)
20. Atlanta Campaign (May 1—September 8, 1864)
21. Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821—1877)
22. Emancipation Proclamation (January 1, 1863)
23. James Ewell Brown (J. E. B.) Stuart (1833—1864)
24. George Gordon Meade (1815—1872)
25. Blockade and Blockade Runners (1861—1865)
26. Ambrose Powell Hill (1825—1865)
27. Anaconda Plan (1861)
28. John Buchanan Floyd (1806—1863)
29. Shenandoah Valley Campaign (August 7, 1864—March 2, 1865)
30. Winfield Scott (1786—1866)
31. Chancellorsville (April 30—May 6, 1863) -
32. Peninsular Campaign (April—July, 1862)
33. Edmund Kirby Smith (1824—1893)
34. Transportation and Communications (1861—1865)
35. Fort Donelson (February 11—16, 1862)
36. Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (1824—1863)
37. Appomattox Campaign (March 29—April 9, 1865)
38. Black Soldiers and Sailors (1861—1865)
39. John Sedgwick (1813—1864)
40. Second Bull Run (August 29—30, 1862)
41. Mathew B. Brady (1823—1896) -152
42. Andersonville Prison (February 1864—April 1865)
43. Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard (1818—1893)
44. Pea Ridge (March 6—8, 1862)
45. John Bell Hood (1831—1879)
46. Petersburg Campaign (June 15, 1864—March 29, 1865)
47. Weapons Technology (1861—1865)
48. Joseph Hooker (1814—1879)
49. Uncle Tom's Cabin (1851)
50. Fort Sumter (April 12—14, 1861)
51. George Brinton McClellan (1826—1885)
52. George Armstrong Custer (1839—1876)
53. Fredericksburg (December 13, 1862)
54. John Brown (1800—1859)
55. Winfield Scott Hancock (1824—1886)
56. Mobile Bay (August 2—23, 1864) -
57. Ambrose Everett Burnside (1824—1881)
58. Dred Scott Decision (March 6, 1857)
59. Cold Harbor (May 31—June 12, 1864)
60. Braxton Bragg (1817—1876)
61. War Correspondents (1861—1865)
62. Wilderness (May 5—7, 1864)
63. Henry Wager Halleck (1815—1872)
64. James Harrison Wilson (1837—1925)
65. Spotsylvania Court House (May 8—21, 1864)
66. Gettysburg Address (November 19, 1863)
67. Franz Sigel (1824—1902)
68. Music (1861—1865)
69. Wade Hampton (1818—1902)
70. Wilson's Creek (August 10, 1861)
71. Benjamin Franklin Butler (1818—1893)
72. Hampton Roads (March 8—9, 1862)
73. Thomas Lafayette Rosser (1836—1910)
74. Chickamauga (September 19—20, 1863)
75. John Wilkes Booth (1838—1865)
76. Draft Riots (Summer 1863)
77. Joseph Wheeler (1836—1906)
78. Missouri Compromise (1820)
79. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (1828—1914)
80. Irwin McDowell (1818—1885)
81. Red River Campaign (March 10—May 22, 1864) -
82. William Mahone (1826—1895)
83. Presidents of the Future (1865—1901)
84. John Cabell Breckinridge (1821—1875)
85. Albert Sidney Johnston (1803—1862)
86. John Pope (1822—1892)
87. Nashville (December 15—16, 1864)
88. John Hunt Morgan (1825—1864)
89. George Stoneman (1822—1894)
90. USS Kearsarge vs. CSS Alabama (June 19, 1864)
91. John Singleton Mosby (1833—1916)
92. Nathaniel Prentiss Banks (1816—1894)
93. George Edward Pickett (1825—1875)
94. New Mexico and Arizona (1861—1862)
95. Hugh Judson Kilpatrick (1836—1881)
96. Intelligence (1861—1865)
97. Charleston Harbor (February 17, 1864)
98. Daniel Butterfield (1831—1901)
99. John Pelham (1838—1863)
100. Palmito Ranch (May 12—13, 1865)

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