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Following the course of Civil War campaigns can be taxing for even the most well-read military scholar. The operations at major sites such as Vicksburg, Gettysburg, and Petersburg were complicated matters, with generals on each side commanding infantry and cavalry brigades from different positions and making simultaneous movements along complex geographic routes; the battles were less climactic moments than prolonged struggles marked by continual flux. But Theodore Ayrault Dodge makes it easy. With his well-drawn maps, his positioning of each movement with its date and, where important, time, his enumeration of the size of--and the losses suffered by--the various forces engaged, Dodge makes every episode of this long war clear and comprehensible. His concise military history of the American Civil War evenhandedly treats major and minor operations with the space each deserves, presenting a kind of skeleton of the Civil War.
Here is perhaps the only general history that avoids over-detailed descriptions and technical terms, withholds partisan bias, treats generals on both sides with admiration and respect, and communicates elegantly yet succinctly, calmly yet vividly, the entire course of the conflict that changed the way men and nations make war.
Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Ayrault Dodge (1842--1909) served in the New York volunteer infantry during the Civil War. His books include Alexander, Hannibal, The Campaign of Chancellorsville, A Bird's Eye View of Our Civil War, Gustavus Adolphus, Cesar,and Napoleon (in four volumes).
* The Casus Belli * The Opening Situation * The First Clash of Arms * Bull Run * The Mighty West Moves * The First Confederate Line Broken * New Madrid and the Island No. 10 * The Blockade * Early Outskirt Operations * The Advance of the Western Armies * McClellan Moves to the Penninsula * The Penninsular Campaign in Jeopardy * The Seven Days * Popes Campaign * Buell and Bragg * Iuka and Corinth * Grants Failure Against Vicksburg * Shermans Failure Against Vicksburg * Lees First Invasion * Again to the Rappahannock * The Horror of Fredericksburg * The Soldier of North and South * Rosecrans and Bragg * Chancellorsville * Lees Second Invasion * Gettysburg * Grant Again Moves on Vicksburg * Grant Turns Pembertons Left * Grant Drives Pemberton into Vicksburg * Siege of Vicksburg * Banks and Port Hudson * Sparring for a Hold * Rosecrans Moves upon Bragg * Chickamauga * The Battle of Chattanooga * Further Outskirt Operations * The Wilderness * Spotsylvania * The Minor Armies * Again by the Flank * More Blood * Sherman Looks Toward Atlanta * Sherman Moves on Atlanta * On to Marietta * Marietta * Kinesaw * Grants Change of Base * Petersburg * Washington in Alarm for the Last Time * Atlanta * A Protracted Siege * Sheridan in the Valley * Hood Takes the Offensive * Hood Makes for Tennessee * Sherman Astonishes Hood * Shermans Goal * Hood Seeks to Crush Schofield * Hood Broken by Thomas * Sherman Moves Through the Carolinas * The Final Campaign * A Few Stray Items
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