Commanding the Storm

Civil War Battles in the Words of the Generals Who Fought Them

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  • 0762790024
  • 9780762782239
  • 9780762790029

From Beauregard and Custer to Lee and Sherman, twelve commanders from each side vividly describe what they and their men experienced at twelve of the war’s most legendary battles from Fort Sumter to Appomattox Court House in accounts gathered from letters, memoirs, reports, and testimonies. They relate noted incidents and personal triumphs and tragedies while covering strategies and explaining battlefield decisions. Trench warfare at Petersburg and Sherman’s scorched earth policy in Georgia foreshadowed the world wars to come, and technological advancements—such as armored steamships, landmines, and machine guns—literally changed the landscape of war. Submarines and a time bomb even came into play. Informative biographies and headnotes for each battle give parallel statistics at a glance and establish context; sidebars cover notable tactics and technologies, including espionage, aerial reconnaissance, and guerilla warfare; and a concise roll-call outline each commander's life in full after the war. Here, from the men who conducted and controlled it, is an invaluable sourcebook of what happened in the War Between the States and why.

  • Lyons Press; November 2012
  • ISBN 9780762790029
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  • Title: Commanding the Storm
  • Author: John Richard Stephens
  • Imprint: Lyons Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0762790024
  • 9780762782239
  • 9780762790029

In The Press

"This will bring Civil War history alive."
—Library Journal

About The Author

John Richard Stephens trained as an intelligence officer and held numerous positions in the U.S. Air Force, including group-level executive officer and squadron commander. The author of sixteen books, including Weird History 101; The Wild, Wild West; and Wyatt Earp Speaks!, he lives on Maui, Hawaii.