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A fascinating introduction explains how the opposing armies organized their leadership and fought their battles. It tells how ...
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A fascinating introduction explains how the opposing armies organized their leadership and fought their battles. It tells how unprepared Americans were for the eruption of the Civil War. How a tiny army amounting to only about 10,000 men scattered over thousands of miles was ill-equipped to defend the Union against any potential foreign foe, let alone one evolving within its own geographic midst, while in the South the new Confederacy had to develop its armies from scratch. Unusual in the evolution of combatant forces, of course, is that most of the leaders who fought in the Civil War were educated and trained in the art of warfare in the same military institutions, most notably at West Point. The tactics they learned and took to the battlefields were the same for both sides.
How the officers gained their commissions and their promotions, and how the leaders of the new volunteer armies performed in actual battle—the ultimate test—make truly fascinating reading.
Posted March 23, 2010
This book is beneficial for anyone who is involved in reading about the Civil War. If you are like me, you seek out photos of the main players which is primarily what this book provides. Right now I am reading the Shelby Foote 3-volume series, and I have kept "Civil War Commanders" by my side the entire time. Whenever a new general or admiral is introduced, I look him up. For the most part, the write-ups do not attempt to be complete, but they often provide some poignant detail which one might not come across anywhere else (for example, the fact that Gen. W.H.L. Wallace is buried alongside his horse!). This is a must-have reference on the Civil War cast of characters.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2009
I picked this up not knowing very much about the Civil war and opened it at a random page. The writing was brief but packed with detail and amusingly written which prompted me to buy the book. I read it cover to cover although the writing is not consistant (presumably due to the different contributors) the information and pictures made up for the deficiencies. Great book for a cross section of ages and Civil War knowledge since it covers more than just the well known heroes.
Well worth the price.
Posted August 31, 2009
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Renown Civil War Historian Chester Hearn has compiled brief but substantive profiles of most of the top Civil War commanders who served on both sides of the conflict. While there are some notable omissions and some factual mistakes, this slim volume would be an excellent gift for the Civil War novice who wishes to learn more about the leadership in the war that divided and defined a nation. Superb Illustrations throughout, and the price is right.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 18, 2009
Good anthology highlighting the actions of known and lesser known soldiers. Good because it includes the lesser known, and the non-generals, whose work/function/actions were equally important on both sides of the conflict. No bias toward either side.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.