New PDF release: A Companion to the U.S. Civil War, 2 Volume Set

By Aaron Sheehan-Dean

ISBN-10: 1444351311

ISBN-13: 9781444351316

A significant other to the U.S. Civil War offers a accomplished historiographical number of essays protecting all significant army, political, social, and monetary points of the yank Civil conflict (1861-1865).

  • Represents the main entire insurance to be had with regards to all facets of the U.S. Civil War
  • Features contributions from dozens of specialists in Civil battle scholarship
  • Covers significant campaigns and battles, and army and political figures, in addition to non-military points of the clash similar to gender, emancipation, literature, ethnicity, slavery, and memory

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Although there are relatively few books that focus on western Virginia, there are a wide variety of sources for the Civil War in Virginia in 1861. The first great Confederate victory of the war at Bull Run or Manassas has been widely studied to the extent that it has all but pushed the Union successes in western Virginia out of sight. The two most recent books on western Virginia, Lee vs. McClellan and Rebels at the Gate both combine the military events with the political activities that cemented the Union’s hold on onethird of Virginia in the first few months of the war.

As Steven E. Woodward explained it in Davis and Lee at War, “He had troops raised, trained, equipped, and stationed at such key points as Norfolk, Manassas Junction – guarding the direct overland rail route from Washington to Richmond – and Harpers Ferry, at the lower (northern) end of the strategic Shenandoah Valley, just across the Potomac River from Maryland” (1995: 16). S. Army officers Joseph E. T. Beauregard commanded the Confederate forces at Harper’s Ferry and in northern Virginia respectively, while John B.

Lee headed west with no fanfare, no staff, and an uncertain mission. His biographers point out the ambiguity in the instructions he received from Davis. Freeman writes that “His mission was to co-ordinate rather than to command – not to direct operations in person but to see if rivalries could not be suppressed and united effort against the enemy assured” (1934: 541). Woodward’s assessment is that “Davis had sent Lee over the mountains with uncertain authority and an ill-defined mission” (1995: 59).

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