The Civil War in the West: Victory and Defeat from the Appalachians to the Mississippi

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The Western theater of the Civil War, rich in agricultural resources and manpower and home to a large number of slaves, stretched 600 miles north to south and 450 miles east to west from the Appalachians to the Mississippi. If the South lost the West, there would be little hope of preserving the Confederacy. Earl J. Hess's comprehensive study of how Federal forces conquered and held the West examines the geographical difficulties of conducting campaigns in a vast land, as well as the toll irregular warfare took ...

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Overview

The Western theater of the Civil War, rich in agricultural resources and manpower and home to a large number of slaves, stretched 600 miles north to south and 450 miles east to west from the Appalachians to the Mississippi. If the South lost the West, there would be little hope of preserving the Confederacy. Earl J. Hess's comprehensive study of how Federal forces conquered and held the West examines the geographical difficulties of conducting campaigns in a vast land, as well as the toll irregular warfare took on soldiers and civilians alike. Hess balances a thorough knowledge of the battle lines with a deep understanding of what was happening within the occupied territories.

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"In one volume, Earl Hess has given readers as complete a study as can be found of this theater of battle."—New York Journal of Books

"The rich Civil War historiography of the western theater has needed a much-updated and comprehensive examination. . . . Recommended. All academic levels/libraries."—Choice

"Earl Hess has produced another fine study, this one long needed and much anticipated."—Civil War Book Review

"Hess has done it again. He has delivered a wonderfully researched and elegantly written volume that reveals his mastery of military history west of the Appalachians. Students and scholars are sure to profit from his insightful analysis and bold assertions, making for a better understanding of this complicated conflict."—Journal of American History

"A comprehensive and thought-provoking history of the Civil War in the western theater. . . . A valuable asset to anyone hoping to make sense out of a complex subject and place it within the larger story in a meaningful way."—Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

"This is another outstanding book by Hess. This book is a great addition to the libraries of enthusiasts of the Western Theater, and those interested in the Eastern Theater will find it an intriguing contrast to the war in that region."—Blue & Gray Magazine

"Concisely and judiciously examines the military campaigns and battles and weaves them into a seamless narrative accessible to both novice and expert. . . . Thought-provoking, well-argued, engagingly written, and thoroughly enjoyable. . . . By far one of the best general accounts of the war in the West."—Indiana Magazine of History

"Hess has provided Civil War scholars and lay readers with an excellent volume that promises to be the seminal work on the subject for years to come."—North Carolina Historical Review

"Asserts a primacy to the war's western theater, establishes operations as a vital aspect of warfare, and defines mastery of logistics as a critical component of Union victory."—West Virginia History

"This book will define the study of the Civil War's western theater for the foreseeable future and is highly recommended."—The Historian
"A notable book that stands out in the crowded field of Civil War scholarship. Scholars and general readers alike will find it useful and accessible. Hess is to be commended especially for his ability to weave together the military narrative and the administrative difficulties faced by Federal commanders in occupied territory."—Journal of Southern History

"The deepest overall account of the war in the West to date. . . . [and] a major advance in our knowledge of the Civil War in the western theater."—Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"A well-researched and intelligent narrative that is essential to understanding America's bloodiest conflict."—The Annals of Iowa

"Hess is a master chronicler of this region."—America's Civil War

"Everyone interested in learning about the war beyond the Appalachians should start with Hess's work. It is an outstanding overview of the Civil War in the West."—The Charleston Post and Courier

"This excellent and suitably broad summary work should serve as a valuable introduction to the western war for a wide reading audience. With The Civil War in the West, it's safe to say we have in our hands the subject's new standard single volume history."—Civil War Books and Authors blog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807835425
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 3/12/2012
  • Series: Littlefield History of the Civil War Era Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,434,342
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Earl J. Hess is Stewart W. McClelland Chair in history at Lincoln Memorial University and has written many books on Civil War history, including In the Trenches at Petersburg: Field Fortifications and Confederate Defeat and Kennesaw Mountain: Sherman, Johnston, and the Atlanta Campaign.

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