The Bloody Crucible of Courage: Fighting Methods and Combat Experience of the American Civil War - Brent NosworthyLondon: Constable, 2005, Paperback.
Condition: Near Fine.
Includes: Plans of battle; Line drawings; Black & white photographs; Maps;
From the cover: “In this ground-breaking achievement in American Civil War scholarship, acclaimed military historian Brent Nosworthy leads an all-out attack on the many myths and .misunderstandings about how the North and South fought, and covers for the first time in any book the variety of Civil War combat methods in their entirety. Now everything from grand tactics to hand-to-hand combat during America’s costliest war is given its proper due in the development of warfare.
Nosworthy weaves together the story of newly emerging weapons, the resulting changes in military doctrine, and the combatants’ experiences as these innovations were applied to the battlefield. Detailing methods of warfare from General Irvin McDowell’s first tentative efforts at Bull Run to Lee’s and Grants’ final exertions at Petersburg and Appomattox, Nosworthy examines tactical variations due to regional differences and the distinctive circumstances of each campaign. And the book recognizes the primacy of the war’s most compelling voices, containing hundreds of first-hand accounts from the front line.”