Attack and Die: Civil War Military Tactics and the Southern by Grady McWhiney

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By Grady McWhiney

“In the 1st twenty-seven months of wrestle 175,000 Southern infantrymen died. This quantity used to be greater than the total accomplice army strength in the summertime of 1861, and it a ways passed the energy of any military that Lee ever commanded. greater than 80,000 Southerners fell in exactly 5 battles. At Gettysburg 3 out of each ten Confederates current have been hit; one brigade misplaced sixty five percentage of its males and 70 percentage of its box officials in one cost. A North Carolina regiment all started the motion with a few 800 males; merely 216 survived uninjured. one other unit misplaced two-thirds of its males in addition to its commander in a short assault.”             Why did the Confederacy lose such a lot of males? The authors contend that the Confederates bled themselves approximately to demise within the first 3 years of the conflict by way of making expensive assaults extra usually than the Federals. Offensive strategies, which have been used effectively by way of american citizens within the Mexican struggle, have been less powerful within the 1860s simply because a stronger weapon – the rifle – had given elevated power to defenders. This publication describes tactical idea within the 1850s and indicates how every one regarding Civil struggle strategies. It additionally considers the improvement of strategies in all 3 hands of the provider throughout the Civil warfare.             In reading the Civil warfare the ebook separates Southern from Northern tactical perform and discusses accomplice army historical past within the context of Southern social heritage. even if the Southerners may have offset their numerical drawback by means of final at the protecting and forcing the Federals to assault, they didn't achieve this. The authors argue that the Southerners’ constant favoring of offensive battle used to be attributable, in huge degree, to their Celtic history: they fought with a similar brave sprint and reckless abandon that had characterised their Celtic forebears on the grounds that precedent days. The Southerners of the Civil warfare new release have been prisoners in their social and cultural heritage: they attacked courageously and have been killed – on battlefields so absolutely defended by way of the Federals that “not even a fowl may possibly get through.”

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