The American Civil War and the Origins of Modern Warfare

The American Civil War and the Origins of Modern Warfare

Ideas, Organization, and Field Command
Edward Hagerman
Distribution: World
Publication date: 9/1/1992
Format: paper 384 pages
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-20715-9
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“ . . . a major contribution to our knowledge of the place of the Civil War in the history of warfare. . . . I have long hoped for a sound history of Civil War military staffs . . . I need hope no more; Hagerman has covered this subject also, with the same assured expertness that he gives to tactics and technology.” —Russell F. Weigley

“ . . . this fine book deserves a place on the shelves of all military historians in this country and abroad.” —American Historical Review

“ . . . a first rate book . . . impressive . . . an imposing work . . . ” —Journal of American History

“This book is filled with enlightening information. . . . ought to be a standard for many years to come and should be required reading for any serious Civil War military historian.” —Journal of Southern History

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Table of Contents


Ideas and Education

1. Theory, Doctrine, and the Tactical Maze: From Jomini to Dennis Hart Mahan

Early Change and Continuity in the East

2. Tactical and Strategic Reorganization: McCleilan and the Origins of Professionalism
3. More Reorganization: The Army of the Potomac

Elan, Tradition, and Change in Confederate Virginia

4. Elan and Organization: Early Field Command in Virginia
5. Intimations of Modern Warfare: Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia

Continuity and Change Western Style

6.Manuever and Tactics: The First and Second Lines of Confederate Defense
7. The Emergence of Trench Warfare: The Third Lines of Confederate Defense
8. Trench Warfare and Maneuver

Organizational Irony

9. Loss of Legitimacy: The Peculiar Fate of Engineering Organization

New Thresholds of Modern Warfare
10. Position and Attrition: From the Wilderness to Richmond
11. Organization, Maneuver, and the Strategy of Exhaustion: To Atlanta and Beyond

Works Cited

Illustrations Follow p. 78