The Civil War 100: The Stories Behind the Most Influential Battles, People and Events in the War Between the States

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The Civil War was the defining event in American history. To explain why this is, 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.

Starting with the Battle of Antietam, celebrated veteran and military expert Michael Lee Lanning explains why it is the war’s single most influential occurrence. Thus introducing the war’s various causes and its ...

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Overview

The Civil War was the defining event in American history. To explain why this is, 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.

Starting with the Battle of Antietam, celebrated veteran and military expert Michael Lee Lanning explains why it is the war’s single most influential occurrence. Thus introducing the war’s various causes and its primary players, Lanning embarks upon ranking the remaining 99 entries as a way of evaluating their relative influence over the outcome of the war. These subsequent entries include more battles, outspoken politicians, military heroes, causes of the conflict as diverse as the Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin and, of course, monumental events such as the Emancipation Proclamation and the Gettysburg Address.

With its totally unique approach, The Civil War 100 presents an unprecedented perspective on America’s transformative event.

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Lanning presents his list of battles, people, and events according to their influence on the outcome of the war and the future of the country, and not their contemporary prominence or importance. After a brief note to explain his approach, he begins with the battle of Antietam. Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant are second and third, followed by the battle of Gettysburg, and Robert E. Lee. The list continues with its roster of military men (no women); military campaigns; documents, such as the Emancipation Proclamation; places; and specific subjects such as weapons technology, war correspondents, and draft riots. Uncle Tom's Cabin is ranked at 49th in influence. Unique listings include music and "Presidents of the Future." At number 100 is Palmito Ranch, May 12-13, 1865, for no other reason than because it was the last battle of the war. The entries are three to four pages in length and often include a map or photograph of the subject. The cross-referencing is excellent. There are no citations in the text but a lengthy bibliography is included. This volume will entice casual readers and researchers alike.
—Patricia Ann OwensCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781402206597
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/15/2007
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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Antietam

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

Civil War 100
Leaders, Battles, and Events

1. Antietam, Maryland (September 16-18, 1862)
2. Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)
3. Grant, Ulysses S. (1822-1885)
4. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (July 1-3, 1863)
5. Lee, Robert E. (1807-1870)
6. Sherman, William T. (1820-1891)
7. Vicksburg, Mississippi (May 18-July 4, 1863)
8. Sheridan, Philip H. (1831-1888)
9. Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889)
10. Bull Run, Virginia (July 21, 1861)
11. Thomas, George H. (1816-1870)
12. Chattanooga, Tennessee (November 23-25, 1863)
13. Longstreet, James (1821-1904)
14. Farragut, David G. (1801-1870)
15. Franklin, Tennessee (November 30, 1864)
16. March to the Sea (November 15-December 21, 1864)
17. Johnston, Joseph E. (1808-1891)
18. Shiloh, Tennessee (April 6-7, 1862)
19. Early, Jubal A. (1816-1894)
20. Atlanta, Georgia (July 22, 1864)
21. Forrest, Nathan B. (1821-1877)
22. Emancipation Proclamation (January 1, 1863)
23. Stuart, J.E.B. (1833-1864)
24. Meade, George G. (1815-1872)
25. Blockade and Blockade Running (1861-1865)
26. Hill, Ambrose P. (1825-1865)
27. Anaconda Plan (1861)
28. Floyd, John B. (1806-1863)
29. Shenandoah Valley Campaign (August 7, 1864-March 2, 1865)
30. Scott, Winfield (1786-1866)
31. Chancellorsville, Virginia (April 30-May 6, 1863)
32. Peninsula Campaign (March-July, 1862)
33. Smith, Edmond K. (1824-1893)
34. Communications and Transportation (1861-1865)
35. Fort Donelson, Tennessee (February 11-16, 1862)
36. Jackson, Thomas J. (1824-1863)
37. Appomattox Campaign, Virginia (March 29-April 9, 1865)
38. Black Soldiers and Sailors (1861-1865)
39. Sedgwick, John(1813-1864)
40. Bull Run II, Virginia (August 28-30, 1862)
41. Brady, Matthew (1823-1896)
42. Andersonville Prison, Georgia (February 1864-April 1865)
43. Beauregard, Pierre G. T. (1818-1893)
44. Pea Ridge, Arkansas (March 6-8, 1862)
45. Hood, John Bell (1831-1879)
46. Petersburg, Virginia (April 2, 1865)
47. Weapons Technology (1861-1865)
48. Hooker, Joseph (1814-1879)
49. Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852)
50. Fort Sumter, South Carolina (April 12-14 1861)
51. McClellan, George B. (1826-1885)
52. Custer, George A. (1839-1876)
53. Fredericksburg, Virginia (December 13,1862)
54. Brown, John (1800-1859)
55. Hancock, Winfield Scott (1824-1886)
56. Mobile Bay, Alabama (August 2-23, 1864)
57. Burnside, Ambrose (1824-1881)
58. Dred Scott Decision (1846)
59. Cold Harbor, Virginia (May 31-June12, 1864)
60. Bragg, Braxton (1817-1876)
61. War Correspondents (1861-1865)
62. Wilderness, Virginia (May 5-7, 1864)
63. Halleck, Henry (1815-1872)
64. Wilson, James (1837-1925)
65. Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia (May 8-21, 1864)
66. Gettysburg Address (November 19, 1863)
67. Sigel, Franz (1824-1902)
68. Music (1861-1865)
69. Hampton, Wade (1818-1902)
70. Wilson's Creek, Missouri (August 10, 1861)
71. Butler, Benjamin F. (1818-1893)
72. Hampton Roads, Virginia (March 8-9, 1862)
73. Rosser, Thomas L. (1836-1910)
74. Chickamauga, Georgia (September 18-20, 1863)
75. Booth, John Wilkes (1838-1865)
76. Draft Riots (Summer 1863)
77. Wheeler, Joseph (1836-1906)
78. Missouri Compromise (1820)
79. Chamberlain, Joshua L. (1828-1914)
80. McDowell, Irwin (1818-1885)
81. Red River Campaign (March 10-May 22, 1864)
82. Mahone, William (1826-1895)
83. Presidents of the Future (1861-1865)
84. Breckinridge, John C. (1821-1875)
85. Johnston, Albert S. (1803-1862)
86. Pope, John (1822-1892)
87. Nashville, Tennessee (December 15-16, 1864)
88. Morgan, John H. (1825-1864)
89. Stoneman, George (1822-1894)
90. Alabama vs. Kearsarge (June 19, 1864)
91. Mosby, John S. (1833-1916)
92. Banks, Nathaniel (1816-1894)
93. Pickett, George E. (1825-1875)
94. New Mexico and Arizona (1861-1862)
95. Kilpatrick, Hugh Judson (1836-1881)
96. Lee, Fitzhugh (1835-1905)
97. Charleston Harbor, Virginia (February 17, 1864)
98. Butterfield, Daniel (1831-1901)
99. Pelham, John (1838-1863)
100. Palmito Ranch, Texas (May 12-13, 1865)

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