|Chapter 1||Confederate Strategy: An Overview||1|
|Chapter 2||Confederate Geography||23|
|Chapter 3||Rebel Armies on the March||47|
|Chapter 4||On Clausewitz||73|
|Chapter 5||Slavery and Confederate Strategy||87|
|Chapter 6||Independence and Confederate Strategy||115|
|Chapter 7||No Place to Hide||141|
Retreat to Victory?: Confederate Strategy Reconsidered / Edition 1by Robert G. Tanner
Pub. Date: 01/28/2002
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
These questions about Confederate strategy
Did Confederate armies attack too often for their own good during the Civil War? Was the relentless, sometimes costly effort to preserve territory a blunder? Why great battles in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Tennessee rather than well-laid ambushes in Alabama's sandhills or the pine forests of the Carolinas?
These questions about Confederate strategy have dogged historians since Appomattox. Many have come to believe that the South might have won the Civil War if it had only avoided head-on battles, conducted an aggressive guerrilla campaign, and maneuvered across wide swaths of territory to exhaust the Union's willingness to continue the war. Retreat to Victory? Confederate Strategy Reconsidered challenges this widely held theory. Robert G. Tanner argues that deep retreats and battle avoidance (the strategy of maneuver rather than combat) were not available to Southern leaders in planning their wartime strategy. The South fought as it did for valid reasons, according to Tanner, and this book examines these reasons in detail, including the South's need to protect its slave-based economy, to establish a state's rights-oriented government, and to win independence from the Union.
On War provides a single measure for testing claims that the South could have prevailed by avoiding battles and forcing the Union to hold large tracts of land.
Provocative and carefully researched, Retreat to Victory offers a fresh perspective on Confederate strategy and makes an important contribution that no one interested in the Civil War or military strategy in general will want to miss.
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
- Publication date:
- American Crisis Series: Books on the Civil War Era Series
- Edition description:
- New Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
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