Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, Volume 6

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Peter Cozzens
University of Illinois Press, 2004 - History - 606 pages
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Modeled on the famous four-volume 1888 compilation edited by Robert Underwood Johnson and Clarence Clough Buel, Peter Cozzens's Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 6 builds on the tradition of excellence established by his Volume 5. The new book stands as another landmark addition to the fascinating body of retrospective testimony written by participants in the American Civil War. Sifting carefully through reports from newspapers, magazines, personal memoirs, and letters, Cozzens again exercises an unparalleled mastery of the literature to bring readers the best first-person accounts of marches, encampments, skirmishes, and full-blown battles, as seen by participants on both sides of the conflict. General John Gibbon offers a harsh and convincing rebuttal to fellow corps commander Daniel E. Sickles's account of Gettysburg. General John C. Lee of the Union Eleventh Corps excoriates those responsible for the "criminal blundering" that wrecked the corps at Chancellorville, and seven prominent generals from both sides offer views on "why the Confederacy failed." Though accounts from senior commanders like George Armstrong Custer, William S. Rosecrans, and Jefferson Davis still carry great weight, Cozzens takes special care to include the voices of lower-ranking officers and men in the ranks. Both volunteers and draftees tell the stories of cavalry raids, sieges, standing under fire, heroism, and idiocy. The soldiers describe the burning of Atlanta and the capture of Richmond, and weigh in on everything from the growing peace movement to the quality of their leaders. Battles and Leaders of the Civil War: Volume 6 is a first-rate collection of primary sources, essential forhistorians, Civil War buffs, and anyone interested in military history. The selections are presented chronologically and provide an overview of the war's progress, all the while allowing the authors to speak for themselves. This volume includes 120 illustrations, including 16 previously uncollected maps of battlefields, troop movements, and fortifications.
  

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Contents

MAPS
16
Alexandria a Graphic Account of Its Capture
28
The Defenses of Washington D C
29
The Battle of Rich Mountain
38
Combat at Rich Mountain Virginia
44
At the Battle of Bull Run with the Second New Hampshire Regiment
47
What I Saw at Wilsons Creek
62
Lincoln and Grant
76
A Romance of Morgans Rough Riders
315
The Morgan Raid July 1863
318
The Assault on Fort Wagner
347
General William S Rosecrans
358
Battlefield of Chickamauga
365
Dahlgrens Raid
382
The Siege of Petersburg
393
Southern Virginia
399

Robert E
91
Stonewall Jacksons Discontent
102
Kentucky and Tennessee
116
Battle of Shiloh
129
A Soldiers Letter from Shiloh
139
Sketching under Fire at Antietam
148
Battle of Antietam
150
The Battle of Perryville
162
In the Ranks at Stones River
172
Griersons Cavalry Raid
198
Griersons Raid
201
Recollections of Maryes Heights and Salem Church
219
The Opposing Forces on May 41863
227
Criminal Blundering at Chancellorsville
230
With Hood at Gettysburg
236
Further Recollections of Gettysburg
253
Another View of Gettysburg
273
General Jeb Stuart at Gettysburg
281
The Forlorn Hope and the Siege
291
Plain Living at Johnsons Island
297
The Battle of Petersburg
407
The Crater
424
With Sherman at Atlanta
431
Sheridan at Winchester
446
Battle of Cedar Creek October 191864
448
General Schofield at Franklin
458
The Railroad Brigade
466
Telegraphing in Battle
476
A View of the Confederacy from the Inside
491
The Failure of the Hampton Conference
500
The Fall of Fort Fisher
506
The Burning of Columbia
513
General Philip H Sheridan
526
The Last Days of Lees Army
535
An Effort to Rescue Jefferson Davis
543
The Last Chapter in the History of the
553
Why the Confederacy Failed
566
Notes on Sources and Contributors
593
Map and Illustration Credits
599
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Peter Cozzens, author of several acclaimed Civil War campaign studies, is an independent scholar and Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State.

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