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Commanding the storm : Civil War battles in the words of the generals who fought them

Author: John Richard Stephens
Publisher: Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From Beauregard and Custer to Lee and Sherman, twelve commanders from each sides of the Civil War vividly describe what they and their men experienced at twelve of the war's most legendary battles - from Fort Sumter to Appomattox Court House - in accounts gathered from letters, memoirs, reports, and testimonies. They relate personal triumphs and tragedies while covering strategies and explaining battlefield  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Personal narratives
Sources
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Richard Stephens
ISBN: 9780762782239 0762782234
OCLC Number: 783144600
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xv, 320 pages : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Responsibility: [selected and abridged by] John Richard Stephens.

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From Beauregard and Custer to Lee and Sherman, twelve commanders from each sides of the Civil War vividly describe what they and their men experienced at twelve of the war's most legendary battles - from Fort Sumter to Appomattox Court House - in accounts gathered from letters, memoirs, reports, and testimonies. They relate personal triumphs and tragedies while covering strategies and explaining battlefield decisions. Trench warfare at Petersburg and Sherman's scorched earth policy in Georgia foreshadowed the world wars to come, and technological advancements - such as armored steamships, landmines, and machine guns - literally changed the landscape of war. Submarines and a time bomb even came into play. Informative biographies and headnotes for each battle give parallel statistics at a glance and establish context; sidebars cover notable tactics and technologies, including espionage, aerial reconnaissance, and guerilla warfare; and a concise roll-call outlines each commander's life in full after the war. Here, from the men who conducted and controlled it, is an invaluable sourcebook of what happened in the War Between the States and why.

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