Civil War Generalship: The Art Of Command

Civil War Generalship: The Art Of Command

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In this unique examination of Civil War leadership, W. J. Wood looks at the tactical and strategic problems that threatened to overwhelm untried Civil War generals and the pragmatic strategies, born of necessity, that they developed to solve them. Focusing on three decisive battles involving six generals, Wood provides the background necessary to understand the problems confronting commanders on both sides of the war, then looks at the campaign of Cedar Mountain, directed by Stonewall Jackson and Nathaniel Banks; the battle of Chickamauga, where Confederate Army leader Braxton Bragg and Union General William Rosecrans faced each other; the battle of Nashville, where Jon Bell Hood led his Southern troops against George H. Thomas and his Union army. Deftly describing the art of war these men developed, an art that provides paradigms for military leaders to this day, Wood demonstrate why Civil War remains a topic of never-diminishing interest.In place of a rifle revolution a controversy grew that centered on the writers of infantry drill manuals and the authors of a few works on military theory. ... The elder Mahan, who taught cadets the principles of engineering and the art of war, probably exercised greater influence on ... In spite of its title, the book actually focused on the employment of major forces in the offense, and did that so well that itsanbsp;...

Title:Civil War Generalship: The Art Of Command
Author: W. J. Wood
Publisher:Da Capo Press - 2007-10-09

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