Civil War Commanders (Commanders series): From Fort Sumter to Appomattox Court House

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Civil War Commanders features concise career histories of approximately 180 Civil War leaders, North and South. Some of them emerged from obscurity to become among the most able commanders in the history of warfare. Others less famous nevertheless played significant roles in the development of what would become one of the greatest nations in the world.

A fascinating introduction explains how the opposing armies organized their leadership and fought their battles. It tells how ...

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{NEW} Hardback with Dust Jacket. This book presents brief thumbnail sketches of 172 Civil War Commanders, primarily general officers, and, of those, mostly brigadiers. Almost all ... of the biographies are accompanied by photographs which enhance the text. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Civil War Commanders features concise career histories of approximately 180 Civil War leaders, North and South. Some of them emerged from obscurity to become among the most able commanders in the history of warfare. Others less famous nevertheless played significant roles in the development of what would become one of the greatest nations in the world.

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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781435103962
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 9/8/2008
  • Series: Commanders Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.18 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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Chester G. Hearn is a former member of the United States armed forces. He has written several books on U.S. military history, three of which have been “alternate selections” for the History Book Club of America.

Rick Sapp, the son of a Yankee mother and a Confederate father, is a former magazine and newspaper editor and the author of fifteen books, as well as hundreds of magazine articles, from history to cycling to enjoying the outdoors,

Steven M. Smith founded Sarpedon Publishers in 1991, specializing in military history titles. He has written a number of books, edited far more, across a range of eras from Alexander the Great to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. His most recent book is The Stonewall Brigade.

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

    a great companion book for Civil War reading and research

    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.

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  • Posted December 9, 2009

    Great photos and entertaining writing

    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.

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Slim, Accessible Bios of Most Top Civil War Commanders

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2009

    Good overview & bathroom read

    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.

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