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How the South Could Have Won the Civil War: The Fatal Errors That Led to Confederate Defeat

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Could the South have won the Civil War?

To many, the very question seems absurd. After all, the Confederacy had only a third of the population and one-eleventh of the industry of the North. Wasnt the Souths defeat inevitable?

Not at all, as acclaimed military historian Bevin Alexander reveals in this provocative and counterintuitive new look at the Civil War. In fact, the South most definitely could have won the war, and Alexander documents exactly how a Confederate victory could have come aboutand how close it came to happening.

Moving beyond fanciful theoretical conjectures to explore actual plans that Confederate generals proposed and the tactics ultimately adopted in the wars key battles, How the South Could Have Won the Civil War offers surprising analysis on topics such as:

•How the Confederacy had its greatest chance to win the war just three months into the fightingbut blew it

•How the Confederacys three most important leadersPresident Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jacksonclashed over how to fight the war

•How the Civil Wars decisive turning point came in a battle that the Rebel army never needed to fight

•How the Confederate army devisedbut never fully exploiteda way to negate the Unions huge advantages in manpower and weaponry

•How Abraham Lincoln and other Northern leaders understood the Unions true vulnerability better than the Confederacys top leaders did

•How it is a myth that the Union armys accidental discovery of Lees order of battle doomed the Souths 1862 Maryland campaign

•How the South failed to heed the important lessons of its 1863 victory at Chancellorsville

How the South Could Have Won the Civil War shows why there is nothing inevitable about military victory, even for a state with overwhelming strength. Alexander provides a startling account of how a relatively small number of tactical and strategic mistakes cost the South the warand changed the course of history.

Review:

"Alternative history is an alluring parlor game. Pick a crucial historical event — Gettysburg, say — and try to pinpoint exactly where things started to go wrong for the losing side. That's what military historian Bevin Alexander does in his latest book, 'How the South Could Have Won the Civil War.'

Alexander argues persuasively that the wartime policies of President Jefferson... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Book News Annotation:

Alexander posits the idea that the South could have won the Civil War given some tactical and strategic changes and better communication among the generals, rather than differing views about how to fight the war. He discusses how Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson disagreed on strategy, the turning point battle that was never necessary, how the Confederate army never implemented its strategy to negate the Union's advantages in manpower and weaponry, how Abraham Lincoln saw the Union's problems better than the Confederacy's leaders, and how the South failed to learn from the lessons of its 1863 victory at Chancellorsville. Among the battles examined are those at Fredericksburg, Antietam, Gettsyburg, and Appomattox. Alexander is the author several books on military history, including Lost Victories. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Acclaimed military historian Alexander presents a surprising new look at how close the Confederacy came to defeating the much larger and better equipped Union Army, and the fatal mistakes that led to the Souths defeat.

About the Author

BEVIN ALEXANDER is the author of nine books of military history, including How Hitler Could Have Won World War II, How Wars Are Won, How America Got It Right, and Lost Victories, which was named by the Civil War Book Review as one of the seventeen books that have most transformed Civil War scholarship. His battle studies of the Korean War, written during his decorated service as a combat historian, are stored in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. He lives in Bremo Bluff, Virginia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307345998
Subtitle:
The Fatal Errors That Led to Confederate Defeat
Author:
Alexander, Bevin
Publisher:
Crown
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
Speculative
Subject:
Military art and science
Subject:
Generals
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20071231
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 MAPS
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.54x6.45x1.17 in. 1.22 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Acclaimed military historian Alexander presents a surprising new look at how close the Confederacy came to defeating the much larger and better equipped Union Army, and the fatal mistakes that led to the Souths defeat.
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