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A Lively Collection of Lesser-Known Civil War Stories Intended to Spark Debate About Our Received History of the War

 

Lee's Lost Dispatch and Other Civil War Controversies
Philip Leigh

$18.95 Trade Paperback

  • 224 pages
  • 6 x 9
  • 30 b/w illus., maps
  • Military History
  • World Rights

About this Book

Which over-arching decisions made by the Confederacy or Union had a greater effect on the course of the war than generally thought? Were there lauded command changes that may not have been as beneficial as presumed? How intertwined were the business aspirations on both sides of the conflict and what role did disinformation play in key battles? In Lee's Lost Dispatch and Other Civil War Controversies, New York Times "Disunion" contributor Philip Leigh presents twelve stories from these turbulent times that afford a better understanding of how the war unfolded and how it was fought. The stories range from the Union's delayed introduction of repeating arms and why a commercial steamer and not a warship was sent to relieve Fort Sumter to how Robert E. Lee's critical dispatch at the battle of Antietam may have been lost and whether Southern poverty is the most protracted legacy of the war. Written to promote discussion and debate, this volume will intrigue those who enjoy Civil War history and contemplating alternatives to many assumed conclusions.

PHILIP LEIGH is an independent scholar and regular contributor the New York Times "Disunion" series which commemorates the Civil War sesquicentennial. He holds a B.A. in electrical engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University. He is the author of Trading with the Enemy: The Covert Economy During the American Civil War, also available from Westholme Publishing.

 

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