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To the Gates of Richmond
Category: Historical Books
Genre: Book - Reference - Military
Product Line: Historical Books (Ticknor & Fields)
Author: Stephen Sears
Publish Date: 1992
Pages: 468
Dimensions: 6x9x1.5"
In Print: No
Condition: EX    
NKG part # Mfg. part # Type Condition
2147580164 9 Novel - Softcover EX

Sears complements his 1988 biography of George McClellan with this definitive analysis of the general's principal campaign. McClellan's grand plan was to land an army at Yorktown, move up the Virginia peninsula toward Richmond, and fight a decisive battle somewhere near the Confederate capital, thereby ending the Civil War while it was still a rebellion instead of a revolution. The strategy failed in part because of McClellan's persistent exaggerations of Confederate strength, but also because under his command the Federals fought piecemeal. The Confederates were only marginally more successful at concentrating their forces, but Sears credits their leaders, especially Lee, as better able to learn from experience. Confederate victory on the Peninsula meant the Civil War would continue. The campaign's heavy casualties indicated the kind of war it would be.

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