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

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

by Earl J. Hess
     
 

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

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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 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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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

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

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

"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

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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807872314
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/12/2012
Series:
Littlefield History of the Civil War Era Series
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.80(d)

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In The Civil War in the West, Earl J. Hess offers a through account and compelling analysis of the challenges those in charge of the Union war effort faced in the West and how they overcame them. Impressively researched and informative, this is an outstanding addition to the Littlefield History of the Civil War Era.—Ethan S. Rafuse, author of McClellan's War: The Failure of Moderation in the Struggle for the Union and Robert E. Lee and the Fall of the Confederacy, 1863–1865

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