A Companion to the U.S. Civil War, 2 Volume Set by Aaron Sheehan-Dean

By Aaron Sheehan-Dean

A spouse to the U.S. Civil War offers a finished historiographical selection of essays overlaying all significant army, political, social, and monetary facets of the yankee Civil warfare (1861-1865).

  • Represents the main finished insurance to be had in relation to all elements of the U.S. Civil War
  • Features contributions from dozens of specialists in Civil warfare scholarship
  • Covers significant campaigns and battles, and army and political figures, in addition to non-military points of the clash resembling gender, emancipation, literature, ethnicity, slavery, and memory

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McClellan and Rebels at the Gate both combine the military events with the political activities that cemented the Union’s hold on onethird of Virginia in the first few months of the war. That made the military leaders on both sides instrumental in the results of the campaign. This essay therefore focuses on the two men most responsible for planning and conducting the campaigns in western Virginia: Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan. This approach offers wider opportunities for examining what happened in western Virginia and why.

It includes his proclamations to the civilian population and the addresses gave to his soldiers which illustrate McClellan’s understanding of the relationship between strategy and politics. Meanwhile, back in Richmond, Lee was preparing for the defense of Virginia. Walter H. Taylor, his aide through four years of war, recalled in his memoir Four Years with General Lee: Being a Summary of the More Important Events Touching the Career of General Robert E.  .  . thoroughly organized and ready for work” (Taylor 1877: 13).

Johnston. v i r g i n i a 1861  11 As the Confederate forces assembled in front of Washington, a Union army of some 35,000 troops under the command of Maj. Gen. Irwin McDowell, encouraged by popular opinion, prepared to begin an advance into Virginia. On July 16 the green Union army began to ponderously move. Two days later it reached Centreville, twenty-two miles from its start point and six miles from Manassas Junction and Beauregard’s smaller army. When he reached Centreville, McDowell learned that the road network in the area would not support his plan of attack, so he spent the next two days pondering what to do.

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