A Great Civil War

A Great Civil War

A Military and Political History, 1861-1865
Russell F. Weigley
Distribution: World
Publication date: 01/30/2004
Format: Paperback 9 maps, 1 bibliog.
ISBN: 978-0-253-21706-6
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A Main Selection of the History Book Club; Winner of the Lincoln Prize

The crowning achievement of one of America’s most distinguished military historians." —Lincoln Prize jury

Readers will find much to debate in this book—including... its affirmation that, because of emancipation, ‘the Civil War calls for a rethinking of the attitude... that war is always futile, that its rewards never match its cost, that any conflict [must be] immediately decisive and virtually without loss of American lives.’" —Gary W. Gallagher

Author Bio

Russell F. Weigley (1930-2004) was Professor of History at Temple University and author of numerous books, including The American Way of War and Eisenhower’s Lieutenants: The Campaign of France and Germany, 1944–1945 (both published by IUP). He lived in Philadelphia.


“Weigley's A Great Civil War is the finest, most complete and insightful, and historiographically up-to-date, large-scale one-volume military and political history of the U.S. war for the Union now in print.”
 — Herman M. Hattaway

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
Note on Style
1. From Secession to War
2. The Battle Lines Form
3. Groping for Strategy and Purpose
4. Bloodshed and Indecision
5. The Confederacy Takes the Initiative
6. Of Liberty and War
7. Armies and Societies
8. Three Seasons of Battle
9. On the Horizon: The Postwar World
10. Traditional Politics and Modern War
11. Suspense and Resolution
12. The Relentless War
13. The Fires Die
Notes on Maps