Michael R. Brasher con The American Civil War: A Military Overview (English Edition)
HISTORY BOOKS ARE BORING! We all learned the irrefutable truth of this statement by the 5th grade. Let’s face it, except for the wars and military campaigns and battles, history books are dull as dishwater. It seems that most history books are written by historians to impress other historians. But history is important. Shelby Foote said, “The Civil War defined us as what we are and it opened us to being what we became, good and bad things... It was the crossroads of our being, and it was a hell of a crossroads.” Every U.S. citizen should have at least some basic knowledge of it. And, history doesn’t have to be dull. After all, history is defined by wars. Wars are defined by military campaigns and battles. Thus, history itself is actually defined by campaigns and battles. So, this means that in order to gain a basic understanding of an era’s history, we can get rid of all the really boring stuff and just concentrate on its military history!
That is the rationale behind The American Civil War: A Military Overview. This narrative only deals with the military campaigns and major battles which defined the Civil War. It distills, simplifies and clarifies what can be a very confusing conflict. Most other Civil War history books (single and multi-volume) attempt to integrate various combinations and permutations of the political, cultural, economic, social, and military events that led to the war and its immediate aftermath. You won’t find that here; in this book you will find only the essential military operations that actually comprised our nation’s Civil War.
If you have the time and inclination (and I certainly would encourage you to do so), pick up James McPherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom or Shelby Foote’s three-volume tome (my personal favorite), The Civil War: A Narrative, to delve more deeply into all the “whys and wherefores” behind the war. This book, The American Civil War: A Military Overview, I believe will help you understand the military aspects of the war…and, after all, wars define history.