Retreat to Victory?: Confederate Strategy Reconsidered

Robert G. Tanner


Retreat to Victory?: Confederate Strategy Reconsidered

Retreat to Victory?: Confederate Strategy Reconsidered

  • Title: Retreat to Victory?: Confederate Strategy Reconsidered
  • Author: Robert G. Tanner
  • ISBN: 9780842028820
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Paperback



Did Confederate armies attack too often for their own good Was the relentless, sometimes costly effort to preserve territory a blunder Why great battles in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Tennessee rather than well laid ambushes in Alabama s sandhills or the pine forests of the Carolinas These questions about Confederate strategy have dogged historians since AppomDid Confederate armies attack too often for their own good Was the relentless, sometimes costly effort to preserve territory a blunder Why great battles in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Tennessee rather than well laid ambushes in Alabama s sandhills or the pine forests of the Carolinas These questions about Confederate strategy have dogged historians since Appomattox Many have come to believe that the South might have won the Civil War if it had only avoided head on battles, conducted an aggressive guerrilla campaign, and maneuvered across wide swaths of territory to exhaust the Union s willingness to continue the war Retreat to Victory Confederate Strategy Reconsidered challenges this widely held theory Robert G Tanner argues that deep retreats and battle avoidance the strategy of maneuver rather than combat were not available to Southern leaders in planning their wartime strategy The South fought as it did for valid reasons, according to Tanner, and this book examines these reasons in detail, including the South s need to protect its slave based economy, to establish a state s rights oriented government, and to win independence from the Union Tanner uses Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz s classic On War as a means for evaluating Confederate actions On War provides a single measure for testing claims that the South could have prevailed by avoiding battles and forcing the Union to hold large tracts of land Provocative and carefully researched, Retreat to Victory offers a fresh perspective on Confederate strategy and makes an important contribution to the field that no serious student of American history will want to miss.


Recent Comments "Retreat to Victory?: Confederate Strategy Reconsidered"

Great arguments against why a Fabian defense would not have been accepted by or possible for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Good book that I had to read for class.

One of the other best books I've read on the civil war. Goes hand in hand with Battle Tactics of the civil war.


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