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Why the Confederacy Lost #2019

Why the Confederacy Lost After the Civil War someone asked General Pickett why the Battle of Gettysburg had been lost Was it Lee s error in taking the offensive the tardiness of Ewell and Early or Longstreet s hesitation i

  • Title: Why the Confederacy Lost
  • Author: Gabor S. Boritt
  • ISBN: 0000195085493
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
  • Why the Confederacy Lost By Gabor S. Boritt, After the Civil War, someone asked General Pickett why the Battle of Gettysburg had been lost Was it Lee s error in taking the offensive, the tardiness of Ewell and Early, or Longstreet s hesitation in attacking Pickett scratched his head and replied, I ve always thought the Yankees had something to do with it This simple fact, writes James McPherson, has escaped a geAfter the Civil War, someone asked General Pickett why the Battle of Gettysburg had been lost Was it Lee s error in taking the offensive, the tardiness of Ewell and Early, or Longstreet s hesitation in attacking Pickett scratched his head and replied, I ve always thought the Yankees had something to do with it This simple fact, writes James McPherson, has escaped a generation of historians who have looked to faulty morale, population, economics, and dissent as the causes of Confederate failure These were all factors, he writes, but the Civil War was still a war won by the Union army through key victories at key moments.With this brilliant review of how historians have explained the Southern defeat, McPherson opens a fascinating account by several leading historians of how the Union broke the Confederate rebellion In every chapter, the military struggle takes center stage, as the authors reveal how battlefield decisions shaped the very forces that many scholars putting the cart before the horse claim determined the outcome of the war Archer Jones examines the strategy of the two sides, showing how each had to match its military planning to political necessity Lee raided north of the Potomac with one eye on European recognition and the other on Northern public opinion but his inevitable retreats looked like failure to the Southern public The North, however, developed a strategy of deep raids that was extremely effective because it served a valuable political as well as military purpose, shattering Southern morale by tearing up the interior Gary Gallagher takes a hard look at the role of generals, narrowing his focus to the crucial triumvirate of Lee, Grant, and Sherman, who towered above the others Lee s aggressiveness may have been costly, but he well knew the political impact of his spectacular victories Grant and Sherman, meanwhile, were the first Union generals to fully harness Northern resources and carry out coordinated campaigns Reid Mitchell shows how the Union s advantage in numbers was enhanced by a dedication and perseverance of federal troops that was not matched by the Confederates after their home front began to collapse And Joseph Glatthaar examines black troops, whose role is entering the realm of national myth.In 1960, there appeared a collection of essays by major historians, entitled Why the North Won the Civil War, edited by David Donald it is now in its twenty sixth printing, having sold well over 100,000 copies Why the Confederacy Lost provides a parallel volume, written by today s leading authorities Provocatively argued and engagingly written, this work reminds us that the hard won triumph of the North was far from inevitable.

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    1. Gabor Borritt has a knack for gathering the papers of leading Civil War scholars and bundling them into short, interesting books that are good gateways towards deeper reading on this topic Why the Confederacy Lost does just that, bringing in one volume analysis by James McPherson, Archer Jones, Gary Gallagher, Reid Mitchell and Joseph Glatthaar they agree the South lost, but how Each has a different answer McPherson, well known for his Pulitzer Prize winning Battle Cry of Freedom, ascribes some [...]

    2. Here are five essays purporting to tell why the Confederacy lost the Civil War War Between the States, the Late Unpleasantness, the Rebellion I enjoyed James M McPherson s Battle Cry of Freedom essay, American Victory, American Defeat the most He says why best the Union had better leadership Hang on Dixie fans sure, the South had St Robert of Lee, Stonewall, and Jeb, but they were only masters of the operational art and didn t do a damn thing for any place other than Virginia The North provided [...]

    3. Different perspectives by five historians on why the Confederacy lost Obviously I recall the last one the best, and he indicated in his thesis that it was the of black soldiers that put the Union over the top much like the American doughboy in WWI did not win the war for the Allies per se, but gave that extra push that put them over the top.

    4. Essays 3 and 5 are good The rest are dull and offer nothing exciting and even rely on old myths, like McClellan as a peace candidate in 1864, when there is no evidence to support such a claim.

    5. A collection of five essays by well known historians Ballanced and fair coverage of the political, economic and military reasons why the south lost the war.

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