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American Civil War For Dummies

Dickson, Keith D.


2. Edition May 2022
480 Pages, Softcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-119-86329-8
John Wiley & Sons

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Take a walk through history with this guide for lifelong learners

The American Civil War is one of the most fascinating and impactful periods in American history. Besides bringing about the end of slavery, the war had many important economic and social effects that continue to shape the history and present-day realities of the American people.

In American Civil War For Dummies, you'll get an accessible, bird's-eye view of one of history's greatest conflicts. All the must-know details of the war are covered here, from the Battle of Gettysburg to the Emancipation Proclamation. You'll also find:
* Descriptions of the experiences of Black Americans, in both the North and the South, during the war
* Explorations of how slavery and civil rights fit into the social, political, and economic context of the time
* Profiles of some of the most famous generals in the war, including Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant

Take a moment to get a hands-on education in this critical point in American history. Get American Civil War For Dummies now!

Introduction 1

Part 1: The War and Its Causes 7

Chapter1: How Did the War Happen? 9

Chapter2: The Five Steps to War: 1850-1860 19

Chapter3: Secession and War: 1860-1861 39

Part 2: Making War 53

Chapter4: Civil War Armies: Structure and Organization 55

Chapter5: Union and Confederate Strategy 73

Chapter6: Organizing and Training the Armies 81

Chapter7: Significant Weapons of the Civil War 85

Part 3: Opening Moves, 1861-1862 91

Chapter8: Starting the War: Bull Run (First Manassas), July 1861 93

Chapter9: Trouble West of the Mississippi and the Road to Shiloh, August 1861-April 1862 105

Chapter10: Union Navy Victories and Union Army Defeats, March-July 1862 125

Chapter11: Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, March-June 1862 141

Chapter12: The Seven Days of Robert E Lee, June-July 1862 151

Chapter13: Second Bull Run (Manassas), August 1862 163

Chapter14: The Bloodiest Day: Antietam (Sharpsburg), September 1862 173

Chapter15: Lost Opportunities for the Confederacy in the West: September-October 1862 189

Chapter16: War So Terrible: Fredericksburg and Murfreesboro, December 1862 201

Part 4: War to the Hilt, 1863-1865 217

Chapter17: The Battle of Chancellorsville, May 1863 219

Chapter18: The Battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg, July 1863 229

Chapter19: The Battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga, August-November 1863 255

Chapter20: Lee and Grant: Operations in Virginia, May-October 1864 273

Chapter21: The Atlanta Campaign and a Guarantee of Union Victory, May-December 1864 295

Chapter22: The Destruction of Hood's Army in Tennessee, October 1864-January 1865 313

Chapter23: A Matter of Time: Petersburg to Appomattox, January-April 1865 319

Part 5: Behind the Lines 341

Chapter24: The Confederacy: Creating a Nation at War 343

Chapter25: The Union at War: Creating a New Republican Future for America 365

Chapter26: Wartime in America: Its Effect on the People 375

Part 6: The Civil War Tourist 391

Chapter27: Getting Ready to Travel 393

Chapter28: Visiting a Civil War Battlefield 399

Part 7: The Part of Tens 405

Chapter29: The Ten Worst Generals of the Civil War 407

Chapter30: The Ten Biggest "Firsts" of the Civil War 417

Chapter31: The Ten Biggest "What Ifs" of the Civil War 425

Chapter32: The Ten+ Best Battlefields of the Civil War and How to Visit Them 431

Index 437
Keith D. Dickson is Professor Emeritus of military studies, National Defense University. Dr. Dickson served in the U.S. Army as a Special Forces officer and taught at the Joint Forces Staff College, Joint Advanced Warfighting School.