Battle Tactics of the Civil War

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Yale University Press, Jan 1, 1989 - History - 239 pages
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The Civil War - which was fought with a new generation of weapons and trench systems similar to those of World War I - has traditionally been portrayed as the first modern war. Now Paddy Griffith argues that these innovations did not have a significant effect on the outcome or the conduct of the war, and that the conditions of combat were actually little changed from those of earlier times. Far from being the birthplace of modern battlefield tactics, says Griffith, the Civil War was in reality the last Napoleonic-style war. Reappraising the events, the weapons used, the men of the novice armies, their leaders, and the strategies employed, Griffith shows that despite the 'rifle revolution,' attacks still turned into protracted firefights at close range. Moreover, he demonstrates that the indecisive outcomes of so many Civil War battles - usually associated with modern warfare - had less to do with the mutual deterrence of massive firepower than with other factors such as terrain, doctrine, and command decisions. Rich in description and analysis, Griffith’s book will be of interest both to military historians and to Civil War buffs.
  

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User Review  - Peter Goodman - Goodreads

“Battle Tactics of the Civil War,” by Paddy Griffith (Crowood Press, 1987; Yale Nota Bene, 2001). Fascinating. Griffith examines in gritty detail the tactical level of the fighting, to determine ... Read full review

Review: Battle Tactics of the Civil War

User Review  - Steven Raszewski - Goodreads

I'm a BIG civil war buff. This is one of the best books I've read on the civil war. Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
9
The Armies Learn to Fight
29
The Battlefield and Its Fortifications
117
The Infantry Firefight
137
CONCLUSION
189
NOTES
201
BIBLIOGRAPHY
221
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Paddy Griffith is a freelance military historian based in Manchester. His groundbreaking books on low-level tactics include "Forward Into Battle" (1981 and 1990), "Battle Tactics of the Civil War" (1986) and "Battle Tactics of the Western Front "(1994). He has also written extensively on wargames, and is currently active in the South Manchester Tactical Society and in the Battlefields Trust. The author lives in Manchester, UK.

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