Reflections of a Civil War Historian: Essays on Leadership, Society, and the Art of War

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Overview

Born in New Orleans, Herman Hattaway grew up in the Deep South. While it might not seem such a stretch for him to have become one of the foremost authorities on the Civil War and Southern history, Hattaway was actually at a loss for a career choice when he stumbled into the class of Professor T. Harry Williams at Louisiana State University. Williams’s lectures and writings were so inspiring to Hattaway that he became a regular in his classes, receiving his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. all under the professor’s tutelage.

This collection of essays is a compendium of Hattaway’s writings from throughout his more-than-forty-year career. He is the author or coauthor of five books that were selections of the History Book Club—Jefferson Davis: Confederate President; Shades of Blue and Gray: An Introductory Military History of the Civil War; Why the South Lost the Civil War; How the North Won: A Military History of the Civil War; and General Stephen D. Lee. He is also the author of the text for Gettysburg to Vicksburg: The Five Original Civil War Battlefield Parks.

Hattaway is a captivating historian who always seeks to engage others in the study of history. He has made many important scholarly contributions to our understanding of the Civil War, including new information on the military use of balloons, the relevance of religion in warfare, and the nature of good (and bad) military leadership. This book will appeal to the many historians and others who have been influenced by Hattaway over the years. It demonstrates how he has evolved as a historian and brings to light many essays that were never before published or published only in specialized journals.

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"All of Hattaway's work . . . is characterized by great scholarship with a kind of charming quirkiness."
—George Rable
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826214874
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Series: Shades of Blue and Gray Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Herman Hattaway is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Author or coauthor of numerous books, he is the recipient of two Jefferson Davis Awards, two Bell I. Wiley Awards, and a University of Missouri Curators’ Award for Scholarly Excellence.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Pt. 1 Leadership and Command
Civil War Leadership 3
Stephen D. Lee and the Guns at Second Manassas 18
P. G. T. Beauregard 35
Morgan's Raid: The War Strikes Home 52
Soldier of Conscience, George H. Thomas: A Virginian Fights for the Union 66
Lincoln's Presidential Example in Dealing with the Military 78
Pt. 2 Society in Wartime
The War inside the Church 99
State Rights and Local Defense: The Crux of Frank L. Owsley's State-Rights Thesis Reexamined 111
"We Shall Cease to Be Friends" 133
Pt. 3 The Art of War
Balloons and the American Military: Civil War to World War I 147
The War Board, the Basis of the United States' First General Staff 158
The Civil War Armies: Creation, Mobilization, and Development 169
The Evolution of Tactics in the Civil War 200
Epilogue: On Remembering and Reliving History 221
Index 237
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