Commanding the Storm: Civil War Battles in the Words of the Generals Who Fought Them

Commanding the Storm: Civil War Battles in the Words of the Generals Who Fought Them

John Richard Stephens

Language: English

Pages: 336

ISBN: 0762787902

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

From Beauregard and Custer to Lee and Sherman, twelve commanders from each side vividly describe what they and their men experienced at twelve of the war’s most legendary battles from Fort Sumter to Appomattox Court House in accounts gathered from letters, memoirs, reports, and testimonies. They relate noted incidents and personal triumphs and tragedies while covering strategies and explaining battlefield decisions. Trench warfare at Petersburg and Sherman’s scorched earth policy in Georgia foreshadowed the world wars to come, and technological advancements—such as armored steamships, landmines, and machine guns—literally changed the landscape of war. Submarines and a time bomb even came into play. Informative biographies and headnotes for each battle give parallel statistics at a glance and establish context; sidebars cover notable tactics and technologies, including espionage, aerial reconnaissance, and guerilla warfare; and a concise roll-call outline each commander's life in full after the war. Here, from the men who conducted and controlled it, is an invaluable sourcebook of what happened in the War Between the States and why.


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to know what led them there to kill their friends and relatives. LEGAL AMERICAN SLAVERY The first thirty of what later became known as slaves came to the Virginia Colony in 1619. But initially even slaves from Africa were considered indentured servants, released after a specified period of time or on conversion to Christianity. But wealthy whites didn’t like losing their best-trained servants, so they turned slavery into an automatic life sentence for both the slaves and their descendants. A

degenerated into an armed mob. I know not if I command, but at this moment I will act as such, and shall consider as addressed to me the dispatch of the Secretary of this date. I propose to strengthen the garrisons of Fort Corcoran, Fort Bennett, the redoubt on Arlington road, and the block-houses; and to aid me in stopping the flight, I ask you to order the ferry to transport no one across without my orders or those of some superior. I am, &c., W. T. Sherman Of course, we took it for

military organization or combinations. Most of his men got back to Washington under the sheltering wings of the small bands of regulars. The mistake of supposing Kirby Smith’s and Elzey’s approaching troops to be Union reinforcements for McDowell’s right was caused by the resemblance, at a distance, of the original Confederate flag to the colors of Federal regiments. This mishap caused the Confederates to cast about for a new ensign, brought out our battleflag, led to its adoption by General

army would succeed in breaking their army in pieces. The enemy had cut a road along in the rear of the line of heights where we made our attack, by means of which they connected the two wings of their army, and avoided a long detour around through a bad country. I obtained from a colored man from the other side of the town information in regard to this new road, which proved to be correct. I wanted to obtain possession of that new road, and that was my reasons for making an attack on the extreme

concerned. I have no idea what his next move will be. For my part it would seem that all projects based on pursuing this line of operations having been tried and failed, we should try some other route. Yet the Administration is so wedded to this line that it will be difficult to get authority to change. Camp near Falmouth, Va., May 12, 1863 I did not suppose you would credit the canard in the papers about our crossing and Lee’s retreating. This story, however, with minute details, I see is

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