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How the South Could Have Won the Civil War: the Fatal Errors That Led to Confederate Defeat By Bevin Alexander,

  • Title: How the South Could Have Won the Civil War: the Fatal Errors That Led to Confederate Defeat
  • Author: Bevin Alexander
  • ISBN: 9780307345998
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Could the South have won the Civil War To many, the very question seems absurd After all, the Confederacy had only a third of the population and one eleventh of the industry of the North Wasn t the South s defeat inevitable Not at all, as acclaimed military historian Bevin Alexander reveals in this provocative and counterintuitive new look at the Civil War In fact, theCould the South have won the Civil War To many, the very question seems absurd After all, the Confederacy had only a third of the population and one eleventh of the industry of the North Wasn t the South s defeat inevitable Not at all, as acclaimed military historian Bevin Alexander reveals in this provocative and counterintuitive new look at the Civil War In fact, the South most definitely could have won the war, and Alexander documents exactly how a Confederate victory could have come about and how close it came to happening Moving beyond fanciful theoretical conjectures to explore actual plans that Confederate generals proposed and the tactics ultimately adopted in the war s key battles, How the South Could Have Won the Civil War offers surprising analysis on topics such as How the Confederacy had its greatest chance to win the war just three months into the fighting but blew it How the Confederacy s three most important leaders President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E Lee and Thomas Stonewall Jackson clashed over how to fight the war How the Civil War s decisive turning point came in a battle that the Rebel army never needed to fight How the Confederate army devised but never fully exploited a way to negate the Union s huge advantages in manpower and weaponry How Abraham Lincoln and other Northern leaders understood the Union s true vulnerability better than the Confederacy s top leaders did How it is a myth that the Union army s accidental discovery of Lee s order of battle doomed the South s 1862 Maryland campaign How the South failed to heed the important lessons of its 1863 victory at Chancellorsville How the South Could Have Won the Civil War shows why there is nothing inevitable about military victory, even for a state with overwhelming strength Alexander provides a startling account of how a relatively small number of tactical and strategic mistakes cost the South the war and changed the course of history.
    How the South Could Have Won the Civil War the Fatal Errors That Led to Confederate Defeat Could the South have won the Civil War To many the very question seems absurd After all the Confederacy had only a third of the population and one eleventh of the industry of the North Wasn t the So

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    1. I learned so much for instance, I did not realize that the Civil War was fought entirely in Virginia and Pennsylvania I did not realize that as late as the week before Appomattox, Lee could have won the Civil War, if he had just turned south to join Bragg in fighting Sherman I did not realize that social and economic factors were irrelevant I did not realized that wars are won or lost based on tactics, not strategy I did not realize that Lee was a great man I did not realize that Shelby Foote wa [...]

    2. Counter factual history is probably harder to critique than it is to actually write After all, the author stakes out a what if position and then goes on drawing conclusion after conclusion based upon an event or series of events that did not in fact happen In this case, Alexander seems to, on balance, take the curious position that the Union did not defeat the South in the Civil War, but that the South ultimately defeated itself And that this defeat rests largely upon the heads of Jefferson Davi [...]

    3. Excellent book highly recommended The author has given a very convincing overview that draws you into the period and the choices of generals, presidents, and other leaders that led to the South s eventual defeat This reshaped my view of Robert E Lee he was a great field commander far superior to most of his Northern counterparts but with an antiquated and deeply flawed notion of how to win an 1860 s war Grant was not much better, but he had many men to follow him By contrast, Stonewall Jackson [...]

    4. I vaguely remember reading a bit about this book in one of my favorite works by noted Civil War historian James McPherson 1 , and there were some unkind but true things said about this book In at least some ways, this author makes the sound point that the Confederacy could have won the Civil War, which is something that a lot of people seem to forget That essential point is really the main thing that this book gets right, that there was a road to victory for the Confederates, one which demanded [...]

    5. From the onset, Bevin Alexander s How the South Could Have Won the Civil War suffers from having been very poorly titled in no definitive way does this book show how the South could have won the war Rather, Alexander lists his critiques of how Jefferson Davis and Robert E Lee managed the Army of Northern Virginia while claiming that Thomas Stonewall Jackson s tactics could have been the key to victory almost no mention is made of political policy or the other theaters of the War Between the Stat [...]

    6. Like most wars, things could ve gone a lot differently if only the generals had done things differently This book addresses the fact that the South had ample chances to defeat the north, but Lee was too foucesed on trying to defeat the Union army rather than make continuing the war impossible for the North Eventually, it became a war of attrition and there was no way the agrarian South could defeat the industrialized North at that game.

    7. Very informative book I was really intrigued by how different Jackson, Lee and Davis truely were They all had a particular way that they wished to fight the war and all of them were polar oppisites I wish people had showed interest earlier in Jackson s way of thinking because it could have saved a number of losses I believe.

    8. By reading this I m not wishing of bygone days of these times.I thought of it as revealing, and realized everything we do does have a historical outcome.When you read this book, you can see the struggles and battles we all face in our own personal and business lives, albeit in the abstract.

    9. Alexanders arguments that the South could have won which he opens by telling us isn t the fondest wish of his heart, so I was glad to be reassured I wasn t about to hear some Dixie swastika worship seem solid Or the military parts seem solid It seems like the Confederates could have at several points invaded the North and maneuvered themselves to avoid the Union army and taken Philadelphia or even New York or just done a lot of damage to the economic fabric of the Union, basically doing what She [...]

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