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  1. The American Civil War and the Origins of Modern Warfare: Ideas, Organization, and Field Command (Midland Book)
    The American Civil War and the Origins of Modern Warfare: Ideas, Organization, and Field Command (Midland Book)
    The American Civil War and the Origins of Modern Warfare: Ideas, Organization, and Field Command (Midland Book)
    The American Civil War and the Origins of Modern Warfare: Ideas, Organization, and Field Command (Midland Book)
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  2. The American Civil War and the Origins of Modern Warfare: Ideas, Organization, and Field Command (Midland Book)

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"... a major contribution to our knowledge of the place of the Civil War in the history of warfare.... I have long hoped for a sound history of Civil War military staffs... I need hope no more; Hagerman has covered this subject also, with the same assured expertness that he gives to tactics and technology." ―Russell F. Weigley

"... this fine book deserves a place on the shelves of all military historians in this country and abroad." ―American Historical Review

"... a first rate book... impressive... an imposing work... " ―Journal of American History

"This book is filled with enlightening information.... ought to be a standard for many years to come and should be required reading for any serious Civil War military historian." ―Journal of Southern History

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Reprint, 1995
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Need it for a college course, was offered at a great price much cheaper then the campus bookstore. Arrived in a timely fashion.
This is not a book for the casual reader or for some one seeking a 'glorious cause' and 'heroic charge' popular history of the American Civil War. Rather it is essential reading if you want to understand the 'why' of 'how' the Civil War was fought. Too many books look to a failure in generalship or a lack of operational manoeuvre to explain the indecisiviness of Civl War campaigns. This book goes beyond simplistic exlanations to show that what constrained even the best generals was the limits of the logistically possible. Most generals, including many commonly damned as blundering or overly cautious, well understood what it was desireable to do, but the real secret of success was to accumulate the necessary resources at the right place, plan a campaign within the limits of available logistics, and then execute this plan before the your resources were consumed and the army began to starve. Explaining this involves a lot of detail on how many horses, mules and wagons an army needed and... Read more
While author Edward Hagerman agrees with the questionable assumption that the rifled musket transformed warfare by strengthening the defense, he takes a broad view to explain why Civil War combat degraded into trench warfare. Hagerman stresses Mahan's doctrine of using field fortifications in one area in order to allow maneuver elsewhere on the battlefield. Lower population density than Europe meant that Napoleonic logistics assumptions were completely inadequate. Making frequent mention of an army's wagons per 1,000 men, as well as the distance it could march from its railhead, the author shows how wide ranging maneuver was impractical, forcing all commanders, but Lee in particular, to confront his adversary directly. The author also states that American ideology prevented staff development, which combined with generally poor use of signals and the telegraph, helped lead to indecisive combat. As a result of all these factors, Civil War combat was indecisive, and trench warfare... Read more
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