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Rebel Brass: The Confederate Command System (Paperback)Frank E. Vandiver (other)
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Vandiver presents not only a concise description of the machinery of the Confederate high command but also sharp analyses of the figures who dominated the system. His portraits of Jefferson Davis, George W. Randolph, James A. Seddon, and Stephen R. Mallory are among the best sketches we have of these Confederate leaders. Vandiver contends that the South's strong adherence to the principle of states' rights had a profound impact on the war effort, affecting the strategic thinking of its leaders and impeding efforts to form an efficient, centralized command system. Nowhere was the lack of a strong central command more evident than in logistics, the complicated process of moving, provisioning, and quartering troops. Throughout the war the South's management of logistical operations was often confused and inept.
In the end, Vandiver finds, it was the nature of the southern character and southern culture that spelled doom for the Confederate cause.
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Number of pages: 143
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 139 x 210 x 10 mm
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