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Civil War Command and Strategy: The Process of Victory and Defeat

Civil War Command and Strategy: The Process of Victory and Defeat - Archer Jones

New York: The Free Press, 1992, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Includes: Plans of battle; Maps (1);

From the cover: “In this nuts and bolts comparative history of Union and Confederate command and strategy, the eminent prize-winning historian Archer Jones shows us how the Civil War was actually conducted. Looking at decision-making at the highest levels, from mobilization and organization to planning and operation, Jones argues that Presidents Lincoln and Davis and most of their senior generals brought to the context of the Civil War a broad grasp of established military strategy and its historical applications, as well as the ability to make significant strategic innovations.

In spite of superior numbers, the Union advantage was greatly diminished by the extent of Southern territory, the intrinsic superiority of the defence over the offense, and the problems of supplying armies over long distances. Northern industrial dominance also proved almost useless in a war which depended less on complex weaponry and ammunition than on the man with the rifle. The two sides were, in fact, almost evenly matched. As a result of this parity, strategy and command were the critical elements determining the course and outcome of the war.

In a unique thematic approach to the military history of the war, Archer Jones organizes his chapters around distinct strategic concepts which he delineates and traces through the various phases of the conflict. He reveals how such ideas as the turning movement, the concentration of force in space and time, and a diversity of raids shaped the performance of both North and South and provided the military means to advance their political ends.

Jones emphasizes the role of manoeuvres as well as the significance of battles in explaining how military leaders like Grant and Lee worked in remarkable harmony with the political objectives of Presidents Lincoln and Davis, who had one eye on the battlefields and another on the upcoming elections. Closely analysing and evaluating the commands of these exemplary leaders, the author demonstrates that the war was neither total nor modern, limited nor classical, but rather a multi-faceted blend of traditional warfare with early influences of the industrial age.

With forty pages of diagrams to complement his fresh revisionist analysis, Jones offers unadulterated military history that gets to the root of how the Civil War was won and lost.”


Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. (xi) 338 pages.
£15.50
Civil War Command and Strategy: The Process of Victory and Defeat