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Sears, Stephen W

Edité par Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1996
ISBN 10: 0395634172 / ISBN 13: 9780395634172
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Éditeur : Houghton Mifflin, Boston

Date d'édition : 1996

Reliure : Hard Cover

Etat du livre : Very Good

Etat de la jaquette : Very Good

Edition : First Edition.

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cloth, gilt spine, x, 593 p., [32] pages of plates, illustrated, maps, 14 pp bibliography, index, dust jacket NOT price-clipped, in protective mylar jacket, CONTENTS: Introduction --Revolt of the generals -- General Lee knows his business --Joe Hooker takes command --Highest expectations --My plans are perfect -Army on the March --Day of decisions --To repulse the enemy --My troops will move at once -- They were flying in great disorder --Fate of Stonewall Jackson -Most terribly bloody conflict -- Cavalcade of triumph --Calling upon general Sedgwick --Time the Yankees were leaving --Epilogue: Wages of victory and defeat -Armies at Chancellorsville --Casualties at Chancellorsville --Romances of Chancellorsville --Acknowledgments --Notes --Bibliography --Index. "One of the most dramatic battles of the Civil War, Chancellorsville was Robert E. Lee's masterpiece. Outnumbered two to one, Lee violated a cardinal rule of military strategy by dividing his small army, sending Stonewall Jackson on his famous twelve-mile march around the Union flank. Charging out of the Wilderness with Rebel yells, Jackson's troops destroyed one entire corps of the Union army, and Lee drove the rest across the Rappahannock River. Lee's great victory came at great cost, however: Jackson, making a night reconnaissance, was accidentally shot by his own troops and died eight days later. And ironically, the momentum of Lee's greatest triumph pushed him to launch an aggressive campaign that led to his greatest defeat, at Gettysburg. Drawing on a wealth of new sources, including personal accounts by soldiers on both sides, Stephen Sears has written the definitive book on Chancellorsville." (from the dust jacket blurb) Size: 8 vo, (24 cm). N° de réf. du libraire 1124217

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Synopsis : Sears describes the series of controversial events that define this crucial battle, including General Robert E. Lee's radical decision to divide his small army--a violation of basic military rules--sending Stonewall Jackson on his famous march around the Union army flank. Jackson's death--accidentally shot by one of his own soldiers--is one of the many fascinating stories included in this definitive account of the battle of Chancellorsville.

Critique: Many Civil War buffs have called the battle of Chancellorsville Robert E. Lee's greatest victory; Stephen W. Sears doesn't necessarily agree, and in this painstakingly researched book, he offers ample evidence that Lee had luck on his side in the battle. Lee was a great general all right, and his men did fight savagely. But the notion that Union General Joseph Hooker was inept is cast into doubt by Sears, who describes the action of Chancellorsville as most great battle books do--hour by hour. This book is the finest rendition of the battle yet and an interesting thesis for Civil War discussion. Lee's penchant for aggressiveness and his faith in his troops as unbeatable may have worked at Chancellorsville, but Sears argues that these alone couldn't win the war. Lee learned this lesson too, a month later at Gettysburg.

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