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The Richmond Campaign of 1862: The Peninsula and the Seven Days
     

The Richmond Campaign of 1862: The Peninsula and the Seven Days

by Gary W. Gallagher
 

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The Richmond campaign of April-July 1862 ranks as one of the most important military operations of the first years of the American Civil War. Key political, diplomatic, social, and military issues were at stake as Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan faced off on the peninsula between the York and James Rivers. The climactic clash came on June 26-July 1 in what

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The Richmond campaign of April-July 1862 ranks as one of the most important military operations of the first years of the American Civil War. Key political, diplomatic, social, and military issues were at stake as Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan faced off on the peninsula between the York and James Rivers. The climactic clash came on June 26-July 1 in what became known as the Seven Days battles, when Lee, newly appointed as commander of the Confederate forces, aggressively attacked the Union army. Casualties for the entire campaign exceeded 50,000, more than 35,000 of whom fell during the Seven Days. This book offers nine essays in which well-known Civil War historians explore questions regarding high command, strategy and tactics, the effects of the fighting upon politics and society both North and South, and the ways in which emancipation figured in the campaign. The authors have consulted previously untapped manuscript sources and reinterpreted more familiar evidence, sometimes focusing closely on the fighting around Richmond and sometimes looking more broadly at the background and consequences of the campaign.Contributors:William A. BlairKeith S. BohannonPeter S. CarmichaelGary W. GallagherJohn T. HubbellR. E. L. KrickRobert K. KrickJames MartenWilliam J. MillerThe Richmond campaign of 1862, waged by armies under Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan, ranks as one of the most important military operations of the first years of the American Civil War. This book offers nine essays in which well-known Civil War historians explore questions regarding high command, strategy and tactics, the effects of the fighting upon politics and society both North and South, and the ways in which emancipation figured in the campaign. The authors have consulted previously untapped manuscript sources and reinterpreted more familiar evidence, sometimes focusing closely on the fighting around Richmond and sometimes looking more broadly at the background and consequences of the campaign. The contributors are William A. Blair, Keith S. Bohannon, Peter S. Carmichael, Gary W. Gallagher, John T. Hubbell, Robert E. L. Krick, Robert K. Krick, James Marten, and William J. Miller.—>

Editorial Reviews

Virginia Quarterly Revie
No where else is so deep a consideration of these and other ponderable aspects of this campaign so conveniently or compellingly condensed as in this splendid volume.
Richmond Times Dispatch
Offers a series of solidly researched and easily readable essays written by well-known professional and amateur historians.
North & South
The essays are well written and offer interesting insights.
America's Civil War
[Provides] a deeper understanding of the campaign's importance and its place in the larger framework of the war.
James I. Robertson Jr.
These essays probe longstanding questions and flesh out credible answers relative to the first major offensive of Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia.
From the Publisher
No academic library should be without this volume.

Journal of Southern History

All these essays enhance understanding of the Peninsular campaign.

Civil War History

Gallagher's editorial efforts have once again added significantly to the literature of the Civil War.

Journal of American History

Another fine addition to the University of North Carolina Press's 'Military Campaigns of the Civil War' series.

American Historical Review

Splendid.

Virginia Quarterly Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807873564
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/18/2000
Series:
Military Campaigns of the Civil War
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
5 MB

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From the Publisher
Another fine addition to the University of North Carolina Press's 'Military Campaigns of the Civil War' series.--American Historical Review

No where else is so deep a consideration of these and other ponderable aspects of this campaign so conveniently or compellingly condensed as in this splendid volume.--Virginia Quarterly Review

It is refreshing to find that even on a campaign that has been so frequently researched one can find new and insightful material in The Richmond Campaign of 1862. Well conceptualized and well written, Gallagher's editorial efforts have once again added significantly to the literature of the Civil War.--Journal of American History

All these essays enhance understanding of the Peninsular campaign. Whether read separately or collectively, they form a volume that will find a welcome home in individual and institutional libraries on the Civil War.--Civil War History

Offers a series of solidly researched and easily readable essays written by well-known professional and amateur historians.--Richmond Times Dispatch

No academic library should be without this volume, and no American military historian should overlook the insights offered by Gallagher and these authors into one of the most important campaigns of the conflict.--Journal of Southern History

Offers some refreshing new perspectives on [this] extremely important campaign. . . . [Provides] a deeper understanding of the campaign's importance and its place in the larger framework of the war.--America's Civil War

These essays probe longstanding questions and flesh out credible answers relative to the first major offensive of Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia. This is a necessary reference for any study of the 1862 Peninsula Campaign.--James I. Robertson Jr., author of Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend

The Richmond Campaign of 1862 adds valuable new information and insights into some old subjects and presents useful information and interpretations about subjects that never have been adequately dealt with before. It is, therefore, a book from which all serious students of the Civil War can benefit. Highly recommended.--Albert Castel, author of Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864

The essays are well written and offer interesting insights.--North & South

Meet the Author

Gary W. Gallagher is John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia and author or editor of numerous books, including Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War (from the University of North Carolina Press).

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