Why the South Lost the Civil War

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In this book first published in 1986, four historians consider the popularly held explanations for Southern defeat - state-rights disputes, inadequate military supply and strategy, and the Union blockade - undergirding their discussion with a chronological account of the war's progress. In the end, the authors find that the South lacked the will to win, that weak Confederate nationalism and the strength of a peculiar brand of evangelical Protestantism sapped the South's ability to continue a war that was not yet lost on the field.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 38.1mm | 861.82g
  • Georgia, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 2 maps, 38 illustrations
  • 0820313963
  • 9780820313962
  • 964,427

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More than one hundred years after the South's surrender at Appomattox, Civil War battles rage on. Beyond the largely settled question of who lost and who won, dissension remains about how and why the war concluded as it did.
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Review quote

"[The authors] show that the Southern states were not united around a single leader or cause. . . . In the end, they discovered that God did not wear gray."--"New York Times" "The most comprehensive, sophisticated, and well-informed [book on this subject] I have ever read."--"New York Review of Books" "Should be required reading for anyone interested in the Confederate experiment. Its superb analysis of the previous literature, including respectful disagreement with many of the conclusions of Owsley, McWhiney, Jamieson and other prominent historians, makes it an ideal starting point for any discussion of Confederate defeat."--"Dallas Times-Herald" Should be required reading for anyone interested in the Confederate experiment. Its superb analysis of the previous literature, including respectful disagreement with many of the conclusions of Owsley, McWhiney, Jamieson and other prominent historians, makes it an ideal starting point for any discussion of Confederate defeat.--"Dallas Times-Herald" The most comprehensive, sophisticated, and well-informed [book on this subject] I have ever read.--"New York Review of Books" [The authors] show that the Southern states were not united around a single leader or cause. . . . In the end, they discovered that God did not wear gray.--"New York Times"
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About Kansas City University of Missouri Herman Hattaway (Professor of History USA)

Richard E. Beringer is a professor of history at the University of North Dakota and the coeditor of a volume of "The Papers of Jefferson Davis." Herman Hattaway is a professor of history at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and the coauthor with Archer Jones of "How the North Won: A Military History of the Civil War." Archer Jones is emeritus professor of history and former dean at North Dakota State University. William N. Still Jr. is a professor of history at East Carolina University and the author of several books, including "Odyssey in Gray: A Diary of Confederate Service, 1863-1865."
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62 ratings
3.75 out of 5 stars
5 21% (13)
4 40% (25)
3 32% (20)
2 6% (4)
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