By W. J. Wood

ISBN-10: 0306809737

ISBN-13: 9780306809736

ISBN-10: 1429485175

ISBN-13: 9781429485173

During this particular exam of Civil battle management, W. J. wooden appears on the tactical and strategic difficulties that threatened to crush untried Civil struggle generals and the pragmatic techniques, born of necessity, that they built to unravel them. targeting 3 decisive battles concerning six generals, wooden offers the history essential to comprehend the issues confronting commanders on each side of the battle, then appears 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 normal 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 artwork of warfare those males built, an paintings that offers paradigms for army leaders to today, wooden exhibit why Civil warfare continues to be a subject matter of never-diminishing curiosity.

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As for Jackson's "reAection3"on his mission, we have already seen bow he had b e p n to interpret it ;by putrting his whole force on the march with the full intent to spring on-and desmy--Pope's advancc elemer-its at Culpeper. lided by his s t ~ e g i c a l insi&t, the qudiv wf~ichLee had come to tnlst so much in this general, It was Jackson's perception of the overall strategic picture-not only tbe military but the politieaf factors beftind a stratcg-that enabled him to see the whole while perceiving what part his mission played in it.

So, when Pope made a telegraphic overture to McGlellan suggesting that the two amies coordinate their upcoming operations, the "Little Napoleonv-who, during his botched operations in the Seven Days Battles, had managed to antagonize everyone of importance in Lincoln's war dministration-replied only with the comment that Pope should mncentrate his forces while, at some tirne in the future, he (McClellan) might move against Richmond in the event that Lee should move his main force a s i n s t Pope, The rebuffed Pope, while still in Washington, began to fornulate his own strategy.

Iiecmdingly, the main eRort would be made irritially by Ewell, who would employ tvvo brigades to sweep past the west slope of Cedar Mountain, thus ensuring its retention by following elements, and continue his maneuver to turn the enemy's left Aank, Early, with Ewell" remaining brigade, was to continue to move fowaird, using the main highway as his axis of advance. 2 Jackson" Plan of Maneuver Couflesy Marlin L. Wikerson, Windel-"$division wii~ to fotXow Early, supporting him. At the same time Winder would extend elements of his division wesward in order to turn the enemy's right flank.

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