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How to Lose the Civil War

Military Mistakes of the War Between the States

How to Lose the Civil War by Bill Fawcett
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A fascinating and fact–filled collection of the greatest and dumbest missteps of America's bloodiest conflict

For four years in the middle of the nineteenth century, brother fought brother on American soil. No American war ever had higher stakes than, or changed a nation as profoundly as, the terrible conflict between the Union and the Confederacy. A dark historical panorama populated by a remarkable cast of colorful characters, the War Between the States was indelibly marked by both brilliant military maneuvers and mind-boggling battlefield blunders that gravely threatened the continuation of the American Experiment.

With suitable irreverence, Bill Fawcett chronicles the unbelievably disastrous decisions made by both sides in this monumental clash, including:

  • The Second Battle of Bull Run, where Robert E. Lee looks smart beating a remarkably stupid general
  • How the Union's shortsighted Colonel James Ripley's bad decision arms the Confederate Army better than his own
  • Lincoln's roller-coaster search for competent commanders, a long-running dark comedy of tragic errors
  • A golden opportunity squandered: General Lee fails to exploit a vulnerable Union and capture Washington, D.C.
  • Pickett's disastrous charge and the many, many Confederate command failures at Gettysburg
  • Lincoln's contentious draft policy that nearly burns New York City to the ground
HarperCollins; March 2011
320 pages; ISBN 9780062078643
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Title: How to Lose the Civil War
Author: Bill Fawcett
 
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