Retreat to Victory? Confederate Strategy Reconsidered [The American Crisis Series, Books on the Civil War Era No. 2]

By: Tanner, Robert G.

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Wraps, xxiii 162 pp. Near fine, unread copy with only faint signs of shelf wear. From the publisher: “Did Confederate armies attack too often for their own good? Was the relentless, sometimes costly effort to preserve territory a blunder? Why great battles in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Tennessee rather than well-laid ambushes in Alabama's sandhills or the pine forests of the Carolinas? These questions about Confederate strategy have dogged historians since Appomattox. Many have come to believe that the South might have won the Civil War if it had only avoided head-on battles, conducted an aggressive guerrilla campaign, and maneuvered across wide swaths of territory to exhaust the Union's willingness to continue the war. Retreat to Victory? Confederate Strategy Reconsidered challenges this widely held theory. Robert G. Tanner argues that deep retreats and battle avoidance (the strategy of maneuver rather than combat) were not available to Southern leaders in planning their wartime strategy. The South fought as it did for valid reasons, according to Tanner, and this book examines these reasons in detail, including the South's need to protect its slave-based economy, to establish a state's rights-oriented government, and to win independence from the Union. Tanner uses Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz's classic On War as a means for evaluating Confederate actions. On War provides a single measure for testing claims that the South could have prevailed by avoiding battles and forcing the Union to hold large tracts of land. Provocative and carefully researched, Retreat to Victory offers a fresh perspective on Confederate strategy and makes an important contribution to the field that no serious student of American history will want to miss.”

Title: Retreat to Victory? Confederate Strategy Reconsidered [The American Crisis Series, Books on the Civil War Era No. 2]

Author Name: Tanner, Robert G.

Categories: Civil War,

Publisher: Wilmington, DE, Scholarly Resources, Inc.: 2001

ISBN Number: 084202882X

ISBN Number 13: 9780842028820

Binding: paperback

Book Condition: near fine

Seller ID: 3554