How to Lose the Civil War: Military Mistakes of the War Between the States (Paperback)

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By Bill Fawcett (Editor)
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A fascinating and factfilled collection of the greatest and dumbest missteps of America's bloodiest conflict

For four years in the middle of the nineteenth century, brother fought brother on American soil. No American war ever had higher stakes than, or changed a nation as profoundly as, the terrible conflict between the Union and the Confederacy. A dark historical panorama populated by a remarkable cast of colorful characters, the War Between the States was indelibly marked by both brilliant military maneuvers and mind-boggling battlefield blunders that gravely threatened the continuation of the American Experiment.

With suitable irreverence, Bill Fawcett chronicles the unbelievably disastrous decisions made by both sides in this monumental clash, including:

The Second Battle of Bull Run, where Robert E. Lee looks smart beating a remarkably stupid general

How the Union's shortsighted Colonel James Ripley's bad decision arms the Confederate Army better than his own

Lincoln's roller-coaster search for competent commanders, a long-running dark comedy of tragic errors

A golden opportunity squandered: General Lee fails to exploit a vulnerable Union and capture Washington, D.C.

Pickett's disastrous charge and the many, many Confederate command failures at Gettysburg

Lincoln's contentious draft policy that nearly burns New York City to the ground

About the Author

Bill Fawcett is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including You Did What?, It Seemed Like a Good Idea . . . , How to Lose a Battle, and You Said What? He lives in Illinois.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780061807275
ISBN-10: 0061807273
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2011
Pages: 303
Language: English