Joseph E. Johnston: A Civil War Biography

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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General Joseph E. Johnston was in command of Confederate forces at the South's first victory—Manassas in July 1861—and at its last—Bentonville in April 1965. Many of his contemporaries considered him the greatest southern field commander of the war; others ranked him second only to Robert E. Lee.

But Johnston was an enigmatic man. His battlefield victories were never decisive. He failed to save Confederate forces under siege by Grant at Vicksburg, and he retreated into Georgia in the face of Sherman's march. His intense feud with Jefferson Davis ensured the collapse of the Confederacy's western campaign in 1864 and made Johnston the focus of a political schism within the government.

Now in this rousing narrative of Johnston's dramatic career, Craig L. Symonds gives us the first rounded portrait of the general as a public and private man.
  

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User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

Craig Symonds provides one of the more balanced views on one of the most contested generals in the Civil War. While the debate still rages about Johnston as either tactically inept or a military ... Read full review

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User Review  - 'Aussie Rick' - Goodreads

This is one of the best Civil War biographies I have read in some time and I have not seen one better on Johnston yet. The author, I believe, offers a non-baised account of this Confederate leader and ... Read full review

Contents

West Point
9
Indian Fighter
22
The Florida Coast
36
Lydia
44
War in Mexico
53
The 1850s Pathfinder Peacekeeper Filibusterer
72
Promotion and Resignation
88
The War in Virginia
99
Vicksburg
204
The Paper War
219
The Army of Tennessee
249
Dalton and Resaca
269
Shield and Sword
286
We Have Not Cavalry Enough
302
You Are Hereby Relieved
320
A Place in History
337

First Command
101
Manassas
112
Genesis of a Feud
125
The Peninsula
140
Seven Pines
160
Louis T Wigfall
175
The War in the West
185
Command in the West
187
Commanding the Lost Cause
339
The Battle of the Books
358
Funeral and Resurrection
372
Retrospective
383
NOTES
389
BIBLIOGRAPHY
427
INDEX
437
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About the author (1994)

Craig L. Symonds is professor of history at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis and a specialist in military history.

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