With a sword in one hand & Jomini in the other : the problem of military thought in the Civil War north /
Carol Reardon.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2012]
177 p. ; 25 cm.
0807835609 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780807835609 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2012]
0807835609 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780807835609 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Exorcising the ghost of Jomini: debating strategy in the Civil War north -- Who shall command? The cult of genius versus the primacy of the professional -- Lost in Jominiʹs silence: the human factor in war -- Epilogue.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 157-168) and index.
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Review Quotes
"Prove[s] rewarding reading for those interested in the conduct of battle during the Civil War." - The NYMAS Review
"Reardon's revisionist contribution is . . . significant, timely, and thoroughly welcome." - Journal of American History
"This excellent book will change the perceptions of military historians in general and Civil War historians in particular."--John F. Marszalek, executive director, The Ulysses S. Grant Association, Mississippi State University
"Nothing less than amazing. For anyone interested in military history that goes beyond--without losing sight of--battles and leaders and engages big issues in Civil War military history in a way that is provocative, insightful, and compelling, Reardon's book is an essential addition to their library." - Civil War Monitor
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Main Description
When the Civil War began, Northern soldiers and civilians alike sought a framework to help make sense of the chaos that confronted them. Many turned first to the classic European military texts from the Napoleonic era, especially Antoine Henri Jomini's Summary of the Art of War . As Carol Reardon shows, Jomini's work was only one voice in what ultimately became a lively and contentious national discourse about how the North should conduct war at a time when warfare itself was rapidly changing. She argues that the absence of a strong intellectual foundation for the conduct of war at its start--or, indeed, any consensus on the need for such a foundation--ultimately contributed to the length and cost of the conflict. Reardon examines the great profusion of new or newly translated military texts of the Civil War years, intended to fill that intellectual void, and draws as well on the views of the soldiers and civilians who turned t them in the search for a winning strategy. In examining how debates over principles of military thought entered into the question of qualifications of officers entrusted to command the armies of Northern citizen soldiers, she explores the limitations of nineteenth-century military thought in dealing with the human elements of combat.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Exorcising the Ghost of Jomini: Debating Strategy in the Civil War Northp. 17
Who Shall Command?: The Cult of Genius Versus the Primacy of the Professionalp. 55
Lost in Jomini's Silence: The Human Factor in Warp. 89
Epiloguep. 125
Acknowledgmentsp. 139
Notesp. 141
Bibliographyp. 157
Indexp. 169
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