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A Great Civil War: A Military and Political History, 1861–1865
 
 
Author
Russell F. Weigley.
Publisher Indiana  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 0.9 x 6.1 x 1.6 inches
ISBN 9780253217066
Pages/Publication Date 613/2000
Daedalus Item Code 31948
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(2001 Lincoln Prize Winner) A brilliant narrator of battle action and historical events, Russell Weigley is never content merely to tell a good story. In this narrative history and analysis—"the crowning achievement of one of America's most distinguished military historians," assayed the Lincoln Prize jury—scholars and Civil War buffs will find original insights and interpretations at the strategic and the tactical level, with firm judgments of leaders on both sides. Weigley has a remarkable ability to put all of the pieces on the board at once, illuminating how war, politics, and personalities interacted in one of the most complex episodes of our nation's history.

"Weigley's encyclopedic command of his sources enables him to combine narrative clarity and analytic perception in evaluating behaviors and decisions. To cite only one example, his discussion of Gettysburg makes clear in a few sentences why the Confederates were unlikely to have captured Cemetery Hill on July 1 under any circumstances. Weigley goes on to show the logistical reasons why Lee rejected Longstreet's proposal for an operational flanking maneuver. And he concludes by making a throwaway case that Dan Sickles may in fact have saved the Union army on July 2 by an often condemned advance to the Peach Orchard that created some maneuvering room for a constricted left wing. That kind of intellectual virtuosity, regularly repeated in these pages, makes this notable book the counterpoint to James McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom."—Publishers Weekly

 
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