A Hot New Look at the American Civil War

confederate finalJust published, here is a fresh argument about the power of culture in choosing war strategies and leaders and about how that played out in the U.S. Civil War.

 

If that sounds like dull, academic stuff, then take a look at this gaudy and grim story of how mid-19th century U.S. culture shaped the Confederate rebellion with its dreams, romance, greed and courage and how that rebellion, in turn, led to a Civil War for freedom over the tyranny of slavery to make a fresh hope for America.

 

PS:  The great header image is a detail from “The American Soldier 1862,” U.S. Army Center for Military History.