Joseph E. Johnston: A Civil War Biography

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General Joseph E. Johnston was in command of Confederate forces at the South's first victory -- Manassas in July 1861 -- and at its last -- Bentonville in April 1886. Many contemporaries considered him the greatest Southern field commander of the war. To Grant and Sherman, he was the Union's most skillful opponent.

But Johnston remains an enigma. His battlefield victories were never decisive. He failed to save Confederate forces at Vicksburg and he retreated in the face of ...

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General Joseph E. Johnston was in command of Confederate forces at the South's first victory -- Manassas in July 1861 -- and at its last -- Bentonville in April 1886. Many contemporaries considered him the greatest Southern field commander of the war. To Grant and Sherman, he was the Union's most skillful opponent.

But Johnston remains an enigma. His battlefield victories were never decisive. He failed to save Confederate forces at Vicksburg and he retreated in the face of Sherman's march. His feud with Jefferson Davis ensured the collapse of the South's western campaign and made Johnston the focus of a political schism.

Craig Symonds, professor of history at the U.S. Naval Academy, gives us a rousing narrative of Johnston's Civil War and the first rounded portrait of the man.

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Library Journal
Symonds offers a well-written annotated biography of one of the more controversial generals of the Civil War. Johnston is often considered to be the greatest Southern field commander, while others rank him second only to Robert E. Lee. Yet his personal faults deprived him of many opportunities for leadership. He fell into disfavor with Jefferson Davis due to Johnston's insistence that he should be the senior field commander rather than Lee. Johnston also tended to be very vague and indefinite in giving orders to his subordinates, and this cost him victory in several battles. Johnston was a military person and did not understand or appreciate the importance of political factors in military planning. He also believed that cities should be sacrificed to save manpower, which brought him into disfavor with the loss of Vicksburg. This is the best biography that has been written about Johnston, as it treats his war and political experiences evenly and without bias. Academic libraries as well as those with Civil War collections should purchase.-- W. Walter Wicker, Louisiana Tech Univ., Ruston
New York Times Book Review
“Riveting. . . . A thoughtful biography.”
Charles Royster
“A vivid, fast-moving narrative of Johnston's dramatic career. Symonds brings careful research and even-handed judiciousness to a fascinating story full of incident and controversy.”
Byron Farwell - Washington Times
“A splendid, even-handed biography.”
Journal of American History
“The most readable and interesting biography yet on Joe Johnston.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736623902
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1993
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 13 Cassettes

Meet the Author

Craig L. Symonds is professor of history at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis and a specialist in military history.

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