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Congratulations, Brooks!

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This book fills a gap in Civil War literature on the strategies employed by the Union and Confederacy in the East, offering a more integrated interpretation of military operations that shows how politics, public perception, geography, and logistics shaped the course of military operations in the East.

For all the literature about Civil War military operations and leadership, precious little has been written about strategy, particularly in what has become known as the eastern theater. Yet it is in this theater where the interaction of geography and logistics, politics and public opinion, battlefront and home front, and the conduct of military operations and civil-military relations can be highlighted in sharp relief.

With opposing capitals barely 100 miles apart and with the Chesapeake Bay/tidewater area offering Union generals the same sorts of opportunities sought by Confederate leaders in the Shenandoah Valley, geography shaped military operations in fundamental ways: the very rivers that obstructed Union overland advances offered them the chance to outflank Confederate-prepared positions. If the proximity of the enemy capital proved too tempting to pass up, generals on each side were aware that a major mishap could lead to an enemy parade down the streets of their own capital city. Presidents, politicians, and the press peeked over the shoulders of military commanders, some of who were not reluctant to engage in their own intrigues as they promoted their own fortunes.

The Civil War in the East does not rest upon new primary sources or an extensive rummaging through the mountains of material already available. Rather, it takes a fresh look at military operations and the assumptions that shaped them, and offers a more integrated interpretation of military operations that shows how politics, public perception, geography, and logistics shaped the course of military operations in the East. The eastern theater was indeed a theater of decision (and indecision), precisely because people believed that it was important. The presence of the capitals raised the stakes of victory and defeat; at a time when people viewed war in terms of decisive battles, the anticipation of victory followed by disappointment and persistent strategic stalemate characterized the course of events in the East.

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Comments (2) to “Congratulations, Brooks!”

  1. Very interesting subject matter. Somebody knew it was time for this book idea. Very, very interesting analysis of what is now very well recorded. The history that is now documented needs the fresh perspective. The hundred year needs a hundred fifty year analysis to go with the fifty year perspective.

    1862 cast the die for what was to be the historical solution to the inevitable conundrum. From the Seven Days and Second Bull Run to Antietam and the close of the fighting season at Fredricksburg sets the stage for the frenzied drama at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Everything then being decided the final fighting season near the James where it all started and ended in 1862. In the Fredricksburg Wilderness halfway between the two capitals.

    All that slugging and slogging to have the election turn on the battle at the modern capital of the south now in Georgia.

    Lee forced Lincoln to allow the Confederacy to live until their old foe and new found savior would lose to the hero of freedom and modern republican democracy only to see the winner abruptly taken out from behind by the bullet of an assassin.

    Excellent example of the importance of the eastern struggle.

  2. What would the democratic president do with Grant positioned in front of Petersburg and Sherman in the Carolinas on March 4th? Make peace or continue prosecuting the war with Grant and Sherman?