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Edited by Gabor S. It is a collection of five clearly defined, well-written essays, each by a distinguished historian. The common theme is the Confederacy was lost battlefields, despite the many interpretations to the contrary. McPherson rejects the position that Union victory was "inevitable.
He refutes each one using clear examples and substantiated interpretations. Strategy," by Archer Jones. Jones looks closely at the linkage of strategy and politics and explores the evolution of the strategies of the opposing forces.
Through a meticulous recreation of the strategies employed, Jones comes to the intriguing conclusion that all things considered, the Civil War was strategically a stalemate. Generals," by Gary W.
Gallagher, the focus is on Ulysses.
S Grant, William T. Sherman and Robert E. Lee, the three generals he feels shaped the military arena of the war most significantly. While not denying the impact of other military commanders, both North and South, Gallagher maintains that Grant, Sherman and Lee "shaped military events to a far greater extent than any of their comrades.
Gallagher is fair to all concerned, giving Grant and Sherman credit as the architects of northern victory. He is also even-handed with Lee, concluding that despite recent criticisms, the general followed the best course of action available to him at the time.
From the panoramic perspective of the generals, Why the Confederacy Lost examines the common soldier in "The Perseverance of the Soldiers," by Reid Mitchell. The author scrutinizes battalions, companies and regiments to identify reasons for the outcome of the war.
Regardless of larger population base and material superiority in the North, Mitchell questions what the consequences would have been "if the men of the North had not volunteered in droves" during the first two years of the fighting.
He applies the lessons learned from Vietnam, where manpower and materials did not ensure victory, and then explores the varying levels of motivation and cohesion on the front line. The final essay by Joseph T. Glatthaar proved to be the most interesting of the five works.
The African-American Role in Union Victory," Glatthaar examines the obvious and not so obvious roles slaves and former slaves played in the Confederate defeat.
There is a great deal left to be studied on the impact of African Americans and Glatthaar's offering should motivate scholars and non-scholars to study further these fascinating contributions. Why the Confederacy Lost is an intelligent, clearly focused, well-edited book worthy of attention.
It is deserving of a place on the bookshelf of any student of the Civil War. Winchester, Virginia, saw constant troop movements from the earliest days of the war until Appomattox. The community changed hands so frequently during the course of the war that it must have seemed to the its residents that there was forever an ill wind blowing.
Fortunately for us, Cornelia McDonald, a middle-class white woman, mother of nine children and resident of Winchester, kept a diary of events between March and August Her husband marched into history with the famed Stonewall Brigade and at his request she kept the diary, even after his death.
McDonald's diary and postwar reminiscences are insightful and compelling. First published by her son inthe edition of A Woman's Civil War includes material her edited out by her son and offers the reader a view of the Civil War all too often ignored. Through McDonald's writings, the personal tragedies on the homefront establish equity with those on the field of battle.
That McDonald was able to sustain her family and cope effectively with the myriad problems facing her daily is nothing less than remarkable.Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing, Compact Sixth Edition is founded on the principles of writing about literature.
First, students learn how to engage deeply and critically with a broad selection of stories, poems, and plays. In the book's initial essay, "American Victory, American Defeat," James M. McPherson rejects the position that Union victory was "inevitable." Logically and methodically, McPherson takes the reader through the many "internal" and "external" explanations used to rationalize the defeat of the Confederacy.
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