One Damn Blunder from Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign of 1864

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Januar 2003



Taking its title from Sherman's blunt description, One Damn Blunder from Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign of 1864 is a fresh inspection of what was the Civil War's largest operation between the Union Army and Navy west of the Mississippi River. Joiner puts together a compelling description of what was one of the most important military operations conducted west of the Mississippi. The fierce military action, the squabbling of the leaders on both sides, and most importantly, essential new knowledge of the Confederate defensive preparations are all contained in the pages of this new book. Civil War buffs and military enthusiasts will revel in this in-depth look at this critical, but previously overlooked campaign.


Chapter 1 Strategic Positions prior to the Campaign Chapter 2 Confederate Defenses on the Red River, 1863-64 Chapter 3 Preparations Chapter 4 Anabasis Chapter 5 Through the Howling Wilderness Chapter 6 I Will Fight Banks If He Has a Million Men Chapter 7 The Safety of Our Whole Country Depends upon It Chapter 8 Steele's Dilemma Chapter 9 Katabasis Chapter 10 Colonel Bailey's Dam Chapter 11 Requiem for a Blunder


Gary Dillard Joiner is instructor of history and director of the Red River Regional Studies Center at Louisiana State University.


Historians have seldom taken on the complex history of the unique and relatively unknown Red River campaign, perhaps because it is such a sprawling, swampy tangle of blunders on both sides. Writing in a clear and unembellished style, Gary Dillard Joiner scouts readers into that tangle and brings them out again not only illuminated, but exhilarated. -- David Madden, founding director, United States Civil War Center at LSU Even seasoned Civil War scholars know little about the all-but-forgotten Red River Campaign of 1864. With skillful research and an intimate understanding into the geopolitical dynamics of waging civil war in the Red River Valley, Gary Dillard Joiner provides a detailed and long-needed modern analysis of this controversial and sadly neglecetd campaign. The result is military history at its best. -- Stacy D. Allen, historian, Shiloh National Military Park The reader of this fine and detailed monograph will agree with Sherman that the generally overlooked Red River campaign was 'one damn blunder from beginning to end.' Military Heritage Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in the Trans-Mississippi theater and 1864 campaigns in general. North and South Historian and avid researcher Gary Dillard Joiner possesses a keen regional familiarity that enabled him to author a masterful narrative history of the 1864 Red River Campaign. This is one of the Civil War's major amphibious operations, and Joiner's appreciation of the river's vagaries, and his deep knowledge of naval vessels, riverboats, and personnel provide a special dimension. -- Edwin Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus, National Park Service Uniquely qualified to write of this region with a level of intimacy seldom seen in Civil War historiography, Joiner demonstrates a deep appreciation for the geography of the region and a thorough understanding of the economic, social, and military complexities that make this story so fascinating. Richly spiced with photographs and maps, One Damn Blunder from Beginning to End will enthrall you. -- Terrence J. Winschel, historian, Vicksburg National Military Park Joiner's book is a well-written overview. Military History Of The West
EAN: 9780842029360
ISBN: 0842029362
Untertitel: 'American Crisis (Hardcover)'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2003
Seitenanzahl: 198 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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