From 1861 to 1865, the United States was locked in a bitter, bloody war that was different from any that had gone before. Improved artillery and musketry made the battles more lethal, while new technology made transportation and communications important elements of battlefield strategy. The end result was a total war in which the Union and the Confederacy fought for their very survival.
Battles of the Civil War introduces 20 key battles from the conflict that shaped modern America. Beginning with the Confederate capture of Fort Sumter (April 1861), and concluding with the capitulation of Petersburg, Virginia (April 1865), after an eight-month long siege by Union forces, this book offers accessible and concise accounts of all the decisive battles of the Civil War.
The book includes every type of battle, including the huge set-piece infantry battles at First Manassas (July 1861), Antietam (September 1862), and Gettysburg (July 1863); the use of cavalry at Chancellorsville (May 1863); and the successful Federal blockade of the South that result in the destruction of the Confederate navy at New Orleans (May 1862) and Mobile Bay (August 1864).
Each battle includes a contextual introduction of the campaign, a concise description of the action, and an analysis of the aftermath. A specially-commissioned, color map illustrating the dispositions and movement of forces brings the subject to life and helps the reader to grasp—at a glance—the development of the battle. With more than 200 color and black-and-white maps, artworks, and photographs illustrating the battles, leading players, and tactics of the era, Battles of the Civil War provides a useful introduction to some key battles of the most bloody conflict in the history of the United States. Designed for both the general reader and enthusiast, the book is an essential companion for anyone interested in North American military history.
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About the Author
KEVIN J. DOUGHERTY is an instructor in the Department of History at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he teaches world civilization and military history. He is a retired Army officer and the author of The Peninsula Campaign of 1862: A Military Analysis and the forthcoming Civil War Leadership and Mexican War Experience.
MARTIN J. DOUGHERTY is a freelance writer and editor specializing in military and defense topics. His published works deal with subjects ranging from the history of small arms to naval warfare and private security.
PARKER HILLS is a retired brigadier general with 25 years of military service. He has conducted battlefield tours and military staff rides throughout the United States and is a graduate of the United States Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous writings on American history and the Civil War.
DR. CHRIS MCNAB is an editor and writer on military topics who has contributed to more than 50 titles over the last 12 years. He has written extensively on military history, weapons technology, and military strategy.
MICHAEL F. PAVKOVIC earned his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He currently serves as an associate professor of strategy and policy at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He is co-author of What is Military History? and has published on a variety of subjects in military history.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a good book if you like the civil war and my favorite is the maps they show where soldiers stood and fought.
One set of falsehoods and tall tales after another. The author's names may well be the only truth in this collection of myths. Example: Even the most stallwart of modern-day anti-Longstreet authors admits there was no truth whatsoever to the 'sunrise attack order' for General James Longstreet at Gettysburg, yet it is once more purported here as fact. What passes for facts in this book are simply reiterations of the 'lost cause mythology' which has been disproven many times over. As a matter of fact, I will reward handsomely anyone who can produce irrefutable evidence that General Lee ordered Longstreet to attack at sunrise at Gettysburg or that General Lee was at all upset with Longstreet's deportment during that battle. It simply does not exist. The American reader deserves better than this. Don't waste your money.