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Retreat to Victory?: Confederate Strategy Reconsidered / Edition 1
     

Retreat to Victory?: Confederate Strategy Reconsidered / Edition 1

by Robert G. Tanner
 

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ISBN-10: 084202882X

ISBN-13: 9780842028820

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780842028820
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
American Crisis Series: Books on the Civil War Era Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
162
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionxi
Chapter 1Confederate Strategy: An Overview1
Chapter 2Confederate Geography23
Chapter 3Rebel Armies on the March47
Chapter 4On Clausewitz73
Chapter 5Slavery and Confederate Strategy87
Chapter 6Independence and Confederate Strategy115
Chapter 7No Place to Hide141
Bibliographical Essay149
Index155

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