Punitive War: Confederate Guerrillas and Union Reprisals

Punitive War: Confederate Guerrillas and Union Reprisals

by Clay Mountcastle
     
 

A gripping look at the Union Army's harsh practice of "punitive war" against civilians in response to Confederate guerrilla warfare, which, the author finds, was waged on a much more pervasive scale than previously recognized, even though it ultimately failed to eliminate the guerrilla efforts.See more details below

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A gripping look at the Union Army's harsh practice of "punitive war" against civilians in response to Confederate guerrilla warfare, which, the author finds, was waged on a much more pervasive scale than previously recognized, even though it ultimately failed to eliminate the guerrilla efforts.

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Library Journal
In his new look at a complex problem, U.S. Major Mountcastle contends that Confederate guerrilla warfare during the Civil War grew from the bottom up; that Union reprisals to it began in the ranks—not as an order from higher headquarters—in the western theater, specifically in Missouri, as early as 1861. Nominally a Union state, Missouri was divided from the start, so much so that its new governor was appointed, not elected. It was soon under martial law and a succession of commanders, including Grant and Sherman, were soon convinced that retaliatory punitive action against Confederate tactics was justified and that it must extend to civilians and their property. Hence the total war that resulted. This is a valuable close-up study of the ugly side of war, best appreciated by specialists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700616688
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
08/04/2009
Series:
Modern War Studies Series
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
362,073
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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