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The Civil War in the East: Struggle, Stalemate, and Victory

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For all the literature about Civil War military operations and leadership, precious little has been written about strategy, particularly in the eastern theater. The Civil War in the East takes a fresh look at military operations in this sector and the assumptions that shaped them.

With opposing capitals barely a hundred miles apart and with the Chesapeake Bay–Tidewater area offering Union generals the same sorts of opportunities that Confederate leaders sought in the Shenandoah ...

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Overview

For all the literature about Civil War military operations and leadership, precious little has been written about strategy, particularly in the eastern theater. The Civil War in the East takes a fresh look at military operations in this sector and the assumptions that shaped them.

With opposing capitals barely a hundred miles apart and with the Chesapeake Bay–Tidewater area offering Union generals the same sorts of opportunities that Confederate leaders sought in the Shenandoah Valley, geography shaped military operations in fundamental ways. Presidents, politicians, and the press peeked over the shoulders of military commanders, some of whom were not reluctant to engage in their own intrigues as they promoted their fortunes.

The location of the respective capitals raised the stakes of victory and defeat. At a time when people viewed war in terms of decisive battles, the anticipation of victory followed by disappointment and persistent strategic stalemate characterized the course of events in the East.

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"The Civil War in the East provides a lesser discussed focus on the Washington-Richmond front of the conflict, and goes into great detail between them. An excellent addition to any American or general history collection."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612346281
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2013
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

BROOKS D. SIMPSON is ASU Foundation Professor of History at Arizona State University. He is the author of several books, including America’s Civil War (Harlan Davidson, 1996); The Civil War in the East: Struggle, Stalemate, and Victory (Praeger, 2012); and Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph Over Adversity, 1822–1865 (Houghton Mifflin, 2000), as well as coeditor of Sherman’s Civil War: Selected Correspondence of William T. Sherman, 1860–1865 (University of North Carolina Press, 1999). A historian of nineteenth-century U.S. history and the American presidency, he has written numerous articles and appeared on C-SPAN, NPR, and PBS’s The American Experience. He lives in Gilbert, Arizona.
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Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Prologue: July 21, 1861 1

Chapter 1 The Theater of War 7

Chapter 2 Presidents and Generals 15

Chapter 3 Audacity and Anxiety 37

Chapter 4 Blood along the Rappahannock 59

Chapter 5 Gettysburg: The Stalemate Continues 75

Chapter 6 Grant Takes Command 97

Chapter 7 To Appomattox 121

Afterword 133

Notes 139

Bibliographical Essay 153

Index 159

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