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Civil War Generalship: The Art of Command

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Overview

In this unique examination of Civil War leadership, W. J. Wood looks at the tactical and strategic problems that threatened to overwhelm untried Civil War generals and the pragmatic strategies, born of necessity, that they developed to solve them. Focusing on three decisive battles involving six generals, Wood provides the background necessary to understand the problems confronting commanders on both sides of the war, then looks at the campaign of Cedar Mountain, directed by Stonewall Jackson and Nathaniel Banks; the battle of Chickamauga, where Confederate Army leader Braxton Bragg and Union General William Rosecrans faced each other; the battle of Nashville, where Jon Bell Hood led his Southern troops against George H. Thomas and his Union army. Deftly describing the art of war these men developed, an art that provides paradigms for military leaders to this day, Wood demonstrate why Civil War remains a topic of never-diminishing interest.

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Charlotte Observer
...has interwoven drama, anecdotes, humor, and human glimpses of these commanders....gripping.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275950545
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/1997
  • Pages: 286
  • Lexile: 1500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

W. J. Wood (19171501997), was a retired Army lieutenant colonel whose background included not only professional authorship but also combat experience in World War II and the Korean war, a decade spent in professional war gaming for weapons systems analysis at the Army Material Command, and a lifetime studying military history. His books include Battles of the Revolutionary War and Leaders and Battles.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 The American Civil War in Western History 3
Ch. 2 Pre-Civil War American Military Thought 9
Ch. 3 "Lessons" from Napoleonic Warfare 15
Ch. 4 Defining an Art of Command 21
Ch. 5 Stonewall Jackson Plans and Conducts His Campaign 31
Ch. 6 Nathaniel Banks and the Advance to Cedar Mountain 43
Ch. 7 The Battle of Cedar Mountain 55
Ch. 8 What Happened at Cedar Mountain? 73
Ch. 9 Rosecrans and His Chickamauga Campaign 85
Ch. 10 Braxton Bragg, Confederate Strategy, and the Tactical Offensive 111
Ch. 11 The Battle of Chickamauga 139
Ch. 12 The Two Perspectives of Chickamauga 177
Ch. 13 John B. Hood and Certain Differences in Confederate Strategy 191
Ch. 14 The "Rock of Chickamauga" Prepares a New Kind of Battle 207
Ch. 15 The Battle of Nashville 217
Ch. 16 Why Thomas Won More than a Victory 227
Ch. 17 Reflections 235
Notes 247
Selected Bibliography 253
Index 265
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