Extreamly well focused
Lack of reall readiness for war of either side
He took a rather febled attempt at Beauregard
It is not that sort of a book.
This was an extream focus. !861 was really the result of first 1776 and later 1812. Slavery was not delt with in 1776, thus left to fester till 1861. The dependebality of the steam boat was established in 1812 This led to the Souths persuit of the Europian market with their cotton to a point of near strangulation of New England textile mills.
Cotton was the OIL of 1850s. The economic impact of New England mills having to pay inflated prices for cotton, if they could get at all WAS the one thing that could not be tolorated the North East.
Virtually every Union Army moving south had literally hundreds of cotton speculators in their company. Complaints from Grant were commom. Even Banks and Butler who profited hansomly from them complained that they often got in the way.
The DOG'S of WAR was indeed excelent, but such a focus leaves out many key factors
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