Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg! - Civil War America (Paperback)George C. Rable (author)
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Fought on December 13, 1862, the battle of Fredericksburg ended in a stunning defeat for the Union. Confederate general Robert E. Lee suffered roughly 5,000 casualties but inflicted more than twice that many losses--nearly 13,000--on his opponent, General Ambrose Burnside. As news of the Union loss traveled north, it spread a wave of public despair that extended all the way to President Lincoln. In the beleaguered Confederacy, the southern victory bolstered flagging hopes, as Lee and his men began to take on an aura of invincibility.
George Rable offers a gripping account of the battle of Fredericksburg and places the campaign within its broader political, social, and military context. Blending battlefield and home front history, he not only addresses questions of strategy and tactics but also explores material conditions in camp, the rhythms and disruptions of military life, and the enduring effects of the carnage on survivors--both civilian and military--on both sides.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 688
Weight: 989 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 40 mm
Edition: New edition
Every major Civil War battle deserves at least one big book. . . . Rable has produced the Battle of Fredericksburg's big book. . . . His study of Fredericksburg surely represents a microcosm of the entire Civil War. . . . Rable's study of the Battle of Fredericksburg achieves what few other battle histories accomplish: those looking for a battle-oriented account will not be disappointed and those who are more interested in the social and political factors surrounding the battle also will be pleased.--Georgia Historical Quarterly
Rable's recounting of the campaign deserves special notice, now more than ever, because it conveys much more than simply a tale of combat. . . . What Rable succeeds in doing, in spectacular fashion, is to offer us an intensely human account of a single campaign. . . . He has drawn upon the large literature on this subject and grounded it in a specific context. . . . The result is the most detailed study to date about a soldier's experience grounded in a single battle.--H-Civil War
Exhaustively researched and very well written, Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg! is the definitive history of the battle. Buffs and scholars who may wish to discount Fredericksburg's significance will have to acknowledge the strong arguments Rable presents. The book deserves to be in everyone's Civil War library.--Journal of American History
[This book] sets a new standard for Civil War historians who write about military campaigns. George C. Rable provides not just an account of a horrific battle, but how it changed the course of the war for both sides and the men who fought in its ranks.--Civil War Book Review
An excellent book: extensively researched, clearly written, judiciously interpreted. From war front to home front, from newspaper office to the halls of Congress, Rable fuses the 'old' and 'new' military histories to relate more about what Fredericksburg meant than we have ever known before.--Journal of Southern History
Rable's fine volume will be the standard study of Fredericksburg for a long time to come.--Journal of Military History
A surprisingly easy read because Rable never assumes the reader already knows about army life.--Washington Post
A very balanced, readable, and thought-provoking account. . . . The author never loses sight of the common soldier--the evocative text is filled with first-person descriptions of life in the camp, on the march, in battle, or in field hospitals. It captures the bravery, ineptitude, and heartache of soldiers and generals alike.--Blue & Gray Magazine
Masterful . . . . By successfully synthesizing recent scholarship and plowing new ground as well, this book takes its place as the best volume published thus far in the Littlefield History of the Civil War Era.--American Historical Review
Rable has written a new kind of battle history that melds many different types of history into one, all-inclusive narrative. Rable is one of the most versatile Civil War historians in the field today.--Civil War History
The very best study of the horrific bloodbath known as the Battle of Fredericksburg.--The Lone Star Book Review
Skillfully done. . . . The pace of the story is fast . . . much like the battle itself. . . . One of the most interesting renditions of any battle.--Civil War News
An expansive narrative that includes a wide range of voices across half a decade.--Journal of Illinois History
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