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Commanders who serve on the losing side of a battle, campaign, or war are often harshly viewed by posterity. Labeled as mere "losers," they go unrecognized for their very real abilities and achievements in other engagements. The writers in this volume challenge such simplistic notions.

By looking more closely at Civil War generals who have borne the stigma of failure, these authors reject the reductionist view that significant defeats were due simply to poor generalship. Analyzing men who might be considered "capable failures"—officers of high pre-war reputation, some with distinguished records in the Civil War—they examine the various reasons these men suffered defeat, whether flaws of character, errors of judgment, lack of preparation, or circumstance beyond their control.

These seven case studies consider Confederate and Union generals evenhandedly. They show how Albert Sidney Johnston failed in the face of extreme conditions and inadequate support; how Joe Hooker and John C. Pemberton were outmatched in confrontations with Lee and Grant; how George B. McClellan in the Peninsula Campaign and Don Carlos Buell at Chattanooga faced political as well as military complications; and how Joseph E. Johnston failed to adapt to challenges in Virginia. An additional chapter looks at generals from both sides at the Battle of Gettysburg, showing how failure to adjust to circumstances can thwart even the most seasoned leader's expectations.

"There is far more to be learned in trying to understand how and why a general fell short," observes Steven Woodworth, "than there is in multiplying denunciations of his alleged stupidity." Civil War Generals in Defeat successfully addresses that need. It is a provocative book that seeks not to rehabilitate reputations but to enlarge our understanding of the nature and limitations of military command.

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Contains seven case studies evaluating Confederate and Union generals who might be considered "capable failures": officers of high pre-war reputation, some with distinguished records in the Civil War. Explores the various reasons these men suffered defeat such as flaws of character, errors of judgment, lack of preparation, or circumstances beyond their control.
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Synopsis:

Analyzing men who might be considered "capable failures". the authors examine the various reasons men of the "loosing' side suffered defeat, whether flaws of character, errors of judgment, or lack of preparation. 7 illustrations.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. When Merit was Not Enough: Albert Sidney Johnston and Confederate Defeat in the West, 1862, Steven E. Woodworth

2. "The Responsibility Is Great": Joseph E. Johnston and the War in Virginia, Alan Downs

3. Fighting for Defeat? George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign and the Change of Base to the James River, Ethan S. Rafuse

4. Generalship on Trial: Don Carlos Buell's Campaign to Chattanooga, Stephen D. Engle

5. In Defense of Fighting Joe Hooker, Stephen W. Sears

6. Misused Merit: The Tragedy of John C. Pemberton, Michael B. Ballard

7. "If Properly Led": Command Relationships at Gettysburg, Brooks D. Simpson

Conclusion

Contributors

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780700609437
Editor:
Woodworth, Steven E.
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Editor:
Woodworth, Steven E.
Author:
Woodworth, Steven E.
Location:
Lawrence :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - Civil War
Subject:
Military art and science
Subject:
Generals
Subject:
Command of troops
Subject:
Military art and science -- United States -- History -- 19th century -- Case studies.
Subject:
Confederate States of America History.
Subject:
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-
Subject:
US History-1800 to Civil War
Subject:
United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Modern War Studies Hardcover
Publication Date:
19990408
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9.42x6.20x.97 in. 1.25 lbs.

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