The Confederate War

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Harvard University Press, 1997 - History - 218 pages
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If one is to believe contemporary historians, the South never had a chance. Many allege that the Confederacy lost the Civil War because of internal division or civilian disaffection; others point to flawed military strategy or ambivalence over slavery. But, argues distinguished historian Gary Gallagher, we should not ask why the Confederacy collapsed so soon but rather how it lasted so long. In The Confederate War he reexamines the Confederate experience through the actions and words of the people who lived it to show how the military and the home front responded to the war, endured great hardships, and assembled armies that fought with tremendous spirit and determination.

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User Review  - j_r_squared - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed The Confederate War by Gary Gallagher. He made some interesting points and some decent discoveries that I have never heard of when reading about the Civil War. Although he does this ... Read full review

Review: The Confederate War: How Popular Will, Nationalism, and Military Strategy Could Not Stave Off Defeat

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The Confederate War, by examining the American Civil War in a context that does not assume the loss of the Confederacy, destabilizes the historiography of the Confederate South in order to get at ... Read full review


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Gary W Gallagher is a civil war historian with a special interest in the military aspects of the war. He is the author or co-author of several books including Lee and His Generals in War and Memory and The Confederate War. He has also served as President of the Association of Preservation of Civil War sites. He is a professor of history at the University of Virginia.

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