No Band of Brothers: Problems of the Rebel High Command by Steven E. Woodworth

By Steven E. Woodworth

The Civil battle was once slightly over sooner than Southerners and different scholars of the struggle started to study the accomplice excessive command looking for an evidence for the South's failure. even though years of analysis didn't exhibit that the South's defeat was once as a result of a unmarried, overriding reason, the activities of the Southern leaders in the course of the battle have been definitely one of the purposes the South misplaced the struggle. In No Band of Brothers, Steven Woodworth explores, via a sequence of essays, numerous elements of ways the Confederacy waged its unsuccessful conflict for secession. He examines Jefferson Davis and a few of his extra vital generals, together with Pierre G. T. Beauregard, Leonidas Polk, Joseph E. Johnston, Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson; the Confederacy's strategic plans; and the South's good fortune in making useful officials out of guys with little or no army coaching. Woodworth rather seems to be on the personalities and private relationships that affected the direction and consequence of the conflict. What made an excellent common? What can make an another way capable guy a failure as a basic? What function did own friendships or animosities play within the Confederacy's best command assignments and judgements? How profitable used to be the Confederacy in making efficient generals out of its civilian leaders? In what methods did Jefferson Davis be triumphant or fail in maximizing the probabilities for the luck of his reason? In examining the accomplice management, Woodworth finds a few weaknesses, many strengths, and lots more and plenty new details. No Band of Brothers should be a major addition to Civil battle scholarship and may be welcomed through specialist historians, beginner historians, scholars, and the overall reader alike.

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Three Confederate Command in Microcosm The Case of Williamsburg O f a l l t h e forgotten events of the much neglected Peninsula campaign, none are more obscure than those of the Confederate retreat from Yorktown to the Chickahominy. As the Peninsula campaign itself is overshadowed by the more dramatic events of the latter half of 1862, so the retreat up the peninsula is dwarfed by the drama of the Yorktown siege on one side, and on the other by a whole succession of crises: the Davis-Johnston confrontations, the decision to defend Richmond, the massive but confused battle of Seven Pines, and finally the awesome finale in the Seven Days’ battles.

3 A man of small intellect, Pillow had nevertheless made a fairly successful career for himself as a lawyer and a politician, with a brief and undistinguished military interlude during the Mexican War. Despite his primarily political background, or perhaps because leading a bold advance seemed the best way to gain political points with the electorate back home, Pillow seemed to know little and care less about the touchy political situation in Kentucky. 4 Ignoring the political consequences, Pillow wrote to Kentucky governor Beriah Magoffin, requesting permission to occupy the town.

Pryor recounted that he had “received verbal orders from several sources,” some of which apparently involved abandoning the redoubts altogether and taking his whole command into the woods. , Anderson still did not make use of their brigades. He may have been out of touch someplace between fort and front. Or he may have had only the sketchiest of ideas of what was going on in the underbrush, as the other brigade commanders, particularly Wilcox, seem not to have realized they were to continue reporting to him.

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