The Richmond Campaign of 1862: The Peninsula and the Seven Days / Edition 1

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This book offers nine essays that 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, all well-known Civil War historians, 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 book includes an analysis of the Richmond campaign's place in the broader sweep of the war in 1862, assessments of George B. McClellan's generalship and Stonewall Jackson's flawed performance, and an examination of the campaign's impact on white and black civilians in the region. It also covers the role of engineers in the Union effort, the conduct of W. H. C. Whiting's Confederate division in the battle of Gaines's Mill, the role of artillery in the battle of Malvern Hill, and the efforts of Radical Republicans in the North to use the Richmond campaign to rally support for emancipation.
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Editorial Reviews

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


Virginia Quarterly Review

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807859193
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2000
  • Series: Military Campaigns of the Civil War Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 973,136
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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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Table of Contents

A Civil War Watershed: The 1862 Richmond Campaign in Perspective / Gary W. Gallagher

The Seven Days of George Brinton McClellan / John T. Hubbell

I Only Wait for the River: McClellan and His Engineers on the Chickahominy / William J. Miller

Sleepless in the Saddle: Stonewall Jackson in the Seven Days / Robert K. Krick

The Great Paragon of Virtue and Sobriety: John Bankhead Magruder and the Seven Days / Peter S. Carmichael

A Feeling of Restless Anxiety: Loyalty and Race in the Peninsula Campaign and Beyond / James Marten

The Seven Days and the Radical Persuasion: Convincing Moderates in the North of the Need for a Hard War / William A. Blair

The Men Who Carried This Position Were Soldiers Indeed: The Decisive Charge of Whiting's Division at Gaines's Mill / R. E. L. Krick

One Solid Unbroken Roar of Thunder: Union and Confederate Artillery at the Battle of Malvern Hill / Keith S. Bohannon

Bibliographic Essay

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