Civil War Generalship: The Art Of Command by W. J. Wood


By W. J. Wood

During this distinct exam of Civil warfare management, W. J. wooden appears on the tactical and strategic difficulties that threatened to weigh down untried Civil struggle generals and the pragmatic options, born of necessity, that they constructed to resolve them. targeting 3 decisive battles related to six generals, wooden offers the historical past essential to comprehend the issues confronting commanders on either side of the conflict, then appears to be like on the crusade of Cedar Mountain, directed by way of Stonewall Jackson and Nathaniel Banks; the conflict of Chickamauga, the place accomplice military chief Braxton Bragg and Union common William Rosecrans confronted one another; the conflict of Nashville, the place Jon Bell Hood led his Southern troops opposed to George H. Thomas and his Union military. Deftly describing the paintings of battle those males constructed, an paintings that offers paradigms for army leaders to today, wooden exhibit why Civil battle is still a subject matter of never-diminishing curiosity.

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CHAPTER 3 "Lessons" from Napo eonic Warfare If suggesting that Civil War leders mi&t have looked back to Napoleonic wadare for enlightenment seems rewhing too far back in time, our perspective is shaqened if we bear in mind that they were no more distant in time than W are torfay from the Second World Was. It should be remembered too that h e r i c a n militamy leaders and theorists were keenly aware of the dominance of French militay arrns in Europe during and after the Napoleonic Wars, Our historic4 perspective is tirrtlrer aided by recatling the expanse and scope of the many wars waged by French amies in Europe.

Jackson's rencswn was to become so fixed in Southern minds that such praise as that voiced in the Southem Literaw Messenger was not at ail uneommon: ''He i s the idol of the pea&, and is the object of greater enthusiasm than any other military chieftain of our day,'"""That kind of adularion prompts a questior~when one ohsewes what happened before ancl during the meeting engagement that can'rte to be krzown as the battle of Cedar Mountain: what Jackson Plans and Gcmduets His Campaign 33 kind of general-what kind of man-=ally existed behind the newspaper accounts and public image of Stgnewdl Jacksan?

To his soldiers, as he rode past their regimenkd ranks, he was (with deference to Gilbert and Sullivan) ""thevery no del of a modem Major-General,"" in immaculately hilored unifom deaaning with rows of brass buttons and the Banks and Ule Advance to Cedar Muuntairl 47 twin stars of his rank, yellow dress gloves that contrasted snlartfy with the dark blue of his uniform coat, and his saher at his side. Moreover, he had the comportment to rnatcjlr his martid appearance. Seeming taller tlrdn his five feet, eight inches, he had an erect, gacefrxl car~age,an earnest look about him, and a melodious but powedul speaking voice, He rode his horse well, having tau&t himself to keep an erect posture on horseback, and to maintain a set jaw and stem &meanor befitting the soldiers' image of their general.

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