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Civil War Leaders

Here, you'll find some good books we've chosen on some of the leaders of the war. And yes, more will follow, especially if you recommend YOUR favorites!

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American Civil War Commanders (1) Union Leaders in the East (Elite 73) by: Philip Katcher -- When the War Between the States broke out in 1861, the US Army had only four line generals - and only one of them was not a septuagenarian veteran of the War of 1812. With about one-third of all professional officers choosing to offer their swords to the South, the government's urgent need to find commanders for the vastly expanded Federal army put generals' stars on the shoulders of men of very varied backgrounds and talents. In time the shock of war would separate the born leaders from the over-promoted and the political opportunists. This first of four volumes examines the careers and often colorful personalities of nearly 30 Union generals whose service was mainly in the Eastern theater of war.
American Civil War Commanders (2) Confederate Leaders in the East (Elite 88) by: Philip Katcher -- The generals who led the brigades, divisions, corps and armies of the Confederacy were very largely products of the same professional backgrounds as their opponents in Union blue - indeed, many of them were former West Point classmates and brother officers in the pre-war US Army, who had served together on the frontier or in the Mexican War. In terms of field experience they were also similar to the vast majority of Union commanders - none of them had ever commanded so much as a brigade before 1861, and they had to learn by trial and error. Some whose pre-war record had promised much were to fail the test of war; some more obscure officers were to rise to the challenge remarkably. This first of two volumes devoted to the Confederate generals details the careers, personalities and appearance of 25 commanders who made their names mainly with the Army of Northern Virginia in the Eastern theater of war.
American Civil War Commanders (3) Union Leaders in the West (Elite 89) by: Philip Katcher -- When the War Between the States broke out in 1861, the US Army had only four line generals ? and three of those were over 70 years of age and veterans of the Napoleonic period. About one in three of America's professional officers chose to serve the Confederacy, and the government's urgent need to find commanders for its vastly expanded army put stars on the shoulders of men of very varied backgrounds and talents. The trials of war would soon separate the born leaders from the over-promoted and the political opportunists. This second volume devoted to Union generals examines the careers and personalities of 25 commanders whose service was mainly, or at first, in the Western theater of war.
American Civil War Commanders (4) Confederate Leaders in the West (Elite 94) by: Philip Katcher -- In the Western theater of war the Confederacy had the misfortune to face, with inferior resources, some of the outstanding Union leaders early in their careers. The Southern commanders who faced Grant, Sherman and Sheridan in these campaigns were of varied backgrounds and talents: some had been sent West in disfavour, others were foolishly quarrelsome, and after A.S.Johnston's death at Shiloh there was no single figure with the authority to dominate them. Some were nevertheless of the highest class: men like Joseph E.Johnston, the cavalry leader Nathan Bedford Forrest, and the little known Patrick Cleburne and Alexander Stewart earned ungrudging respect. This book details the careers, personalities and appearance of 24 generals of the Army of Tennessee and the other Confederate commands in the West.
Battles and Leaders, vol. 1 -- The Civil War remains the costliest conflict in terms of American lives lost and men wounded in which our country has ever been involved. BATTLES AND LEADERS OF THE CIVIL WAR is recognized as the outstanding history of the War between the States to come out of the nineteenth century. This series was originally conceived in 1883 by the editors of the Century Company, who set out to provide an accurate, unbiased account of the war. BATTLES AND LEADERS OF THE CIVIL WAR was authored by the commanders and their subordinates from both the Confederate and Union forces who actually fought, planned, or were eyewitness to the events they describe herein. Here you can read about the events of the war written by such prominent generals as Beauregard, Grant, Longstreet, Sherman, McClellan, Butler, and many others. These books are profusely illustrated with maps, charts and engravings by the most prominent artists of the era.

OPENING BATTLES (VOL. I) begins with a view of Washington on the eve of the war, relates an account of the fall of Fort Sumter, the preparations for war in the North and South, and the formation of the Confedercy. Detailed are the early operations in Virginia, the campaign of the first Bull Run, and the first year of war in Missouri. Naval conflicts on the island waterways are covered as well as the battles of Lexington, Belmont, Big Sandy, and others. Generals U.S. Grant, G.T. Beauregard, T. Jordan and D.C. Buell describe the events of the Battle of Shiloh. Chronicled too are the buildups of the navies for war, coastal operations in the Carolinas, and the Historic Battles at Hampton Roads between the ironclads "Monitor" and "Merrimac", which changed the course of naval history.

Battles and Leaders, vol. 2 -- THE STRUGGLE INTENSIFIES (Vol. 2), opens with the siege and capture of Fort Pulaski, the capture of New Orleans, and a summary of operations in the far southwest. It covers the Peninsular Campaign, the battles of Yorktown, Williamsburg, Manassas and Seven Pines. Brigadier-General John D. Imboden, C.S.A., relates Stonewall Jackson's exploits in the Shenandoah. Chronicled here are Lee's campaign against Pope, the second Battle of Bull Run, Antietam, and finally, the battles at Iuka and Corinth.
Battles and Leaders, vol. 3 -- THE TIDE SHIFTS (Vol. 3) begins with the Perryville Campaign, including the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. The Battle of Gettysburg is chronicled in detail by such famous officers as General James Longstreet, Col. John S. Mosby, General Henry J. Hunt, General E.P. Alexander and by others who fought and directed this pivotal battle. The Vicksburg Campaign, the battles of Port Hudson, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and others, are likewise described.
Battles and Leaders, vol. 4 -- RETREAT WITH HONOR (Vol. 4) relates the events that led to the end of the war. It opens with a detailed description of the land and sea operations of the Battle of Charleston. Grant's Wilderness Campaign and Sherman's march to Atlanta are vividly portrayed. After mounting the final actions in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee, this volume depicts the closing naval operations, Sherman's march through the Confederacy and climaxes with Lee's surrender at Appomattox.
Battles and Leaders of the Civil War (single volume) -- First-hand testimonials from officers, soldiers, and civilians involved in America's bloodiest conflict, accompanied by black and white line drawings, etchings, and maps. Covers battles from Bull Run and Gettysburg to the surrender at Appomattox, with words from Lee, Grant, Sherman as well as lesser known participants such as medics and nurses.
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