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If Stonewall Jackson's strategies had been followed, would the south have won the Civil War?
Such Troops as These explores Jackson's strategy to strike at the Union's vulnerabilities, rather than challenge directly; he believed that invading the eastern states from Baltimore to Maine could divide and cripple the Union---however, he failed to convince either Jefferson Davis or Robert E. Lee of his plan's feasibility. This book makes a case for Jackson as a supreme military strategist and as the greatest general in American history. 324 pages, hardcover with dust jacket.
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Berkley Hardcover
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Civil War: A Visual History Expanded EditionDK / 2014 / Trade Paperback$16.99 Retail:
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The Civil War of 1861–65 pitted the industrial North against the agricultural South, and remains the most catastrophic conflict in terms of loss of life in American history. With triple the population and eleven times the industry, the Union had a decided advantage over the Confederacy in terms of direct conflict and conventional warfare. One general had the vision of an alternative approach that could win the War for the South—his name was Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.
It was Jackson’s strategy to always strike at the Union’s vulnerabilities, not to challenge its power directly. He won a campaign against the North with a force only a quarter of the size of the Union army, and he was the first commander to recognize the overwhelming defensive power of the new rifles and cannons. With most of its military forces on the offensive in the South, the North was left virtually undefended on its own turf. Jackson believed invading the eastern states along the great industrial corridor from Baltimore to Maine could divide and cripple the Union, forcing surrender. But he failed to convince Confederate president Jefferson Davis or General Robert E. Lee of the viability of his plan.
In Such Troops as These, Bevin Alexander presents a compelling case for Stonewall Jackson as a supreme military strategist and the greatest general in American history. Fiercely dedicated to the cause of Southern independence, Jackson would not live to see the end of the War. But his military legacy lives on and finds fitting tribute in this book.