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Book Review: General James Longstreet: The Confederacy’s Most M

I'm a novice when it comes to Civil War history. I get lost inside the facts of the major martial advertisments of the campaign, much less the smaller skirmishes, and actually the geography sometimes. My interest in the Confederacy relates to my lineage and my interest in Confederate currency. I had 3 perfect grandfathers and 3 perfect uncles whom served inside the campaign. During a latest meeting of our Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp, Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Harold Knudsen of the US Army was our visitor speaker. LTC Knudsen is the writer of advertise, "General James Longstreet: The Confederacy's Many Modern General." I had no concept of whom General Longstreet was and, at the time, certainly didn't care all that much. After all, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were my heroes. However, Knudsen quickly captured my attention as it became obvious that the legacy of James Longstreet had been swept inside the given rug by the philosophy of political correctness. I was thus enthralled by Knudsen's lecture; I was the 1st person at his book table to purchase a hardbound copy of his book. LTC Knudsen's book is little and is lower than 1 hundred pages. It is tiny compared to the massive volumes which exist about Lee and Jackson along with other figures. I have inside times past began to read some of those thorough works about the Civil War as well as its heroes, however, have seldom completed any. It seems I would get bogged down inside what can appear to become the limitless battles and forever lost inside the explanations of force movements, location of batteries, flanking maneuvers and all the minutiae of martial speak. And even though Knudsen is militaryesque inside his writing, he or she is succinct and keeps the reader's attention. At 1 point I asked me, where are the maps? However, I soon realized his explanations never require maps. Actually, I think maps might have been a distraction. Knudsen makes the case that General Longstreet has not merely been misjudged by history, however, really was the most lucrative generals of the campaign. He subtitles his book "The Confederacy's Many Modern General" and indeed it appeares Longstreet was. Longstreet broke with all the Napoleonic practices of warfare and introduced innovations that had not been enjoyed inside nineteenth century warfare. Not until recently has Longstreet's standing begun a slow re-examination. In fact, it wasn't till 1998 that the 1st monument to honor him was erected at Gettysburg. James Longstreet was a South Carolina-born West Point graduate whom was raised about a Georgia plantation. He received his 1st combat undertaking at age twenty four as the US began its campaign with Mexico. At age forty, he accepted a commission as a Confederate colonel with all the Army of Northern Virginia in the beginning of the Civil War inside 1861. Biographers of the article campaign era stated Longstreet was smart and ambitious however, also a "know everything." They switched against him forrejecting the ideology of the "Lost Cause." Indeed, Longstreet wasn't a politically correct person, and based on the writer, considered political correctness a kind of dishonesty. Longstreet wasn't curious inside political discussion and didn't engage about the causes of the campaign, however, instead excelled inside the art of campaign. His view was simple: once campaign was decided to become the span of action; his objective was to win it. It was at the Battle of Fredericksburg inside 1862 that Longstreet carried out an efficient and lethal approach to blocking a Union frontal assault. He merged firearm advancements with field changes that Knudsen claims were fifty years forward of its time. Longstreet combined discipline, low aiming, and clear lanes of fire, with 1 to two rifle loaders for every shooter. This produced an improved rate of fire equivalent to a gun inside World War I. Knudsen offers a phase about the "defensive offense" and a phase about the defense of Longstreet's strategic vision. It was the Battle of Chickamauga that gave Longstreet the chance to attack and set circumstances for decisive victories. It was here that Knudsen believes Longstreet introduced a tactic like what the Germans found in their container warfare inside World War II, i.e., the Blitzkrieg principle. Knudsen leaves the reader with all the idea that when Longstreet had been in charge of the causes at the Battle of Chickamauga rather than General Braxton Bragg, the Union Army might have been soundly defeated. Knudsen does not discuss Longstreet's article martial profession, aside from mentioning his involvement with all the passing of martial reconstruction bills inside Congress. However, that only fueled my curiosity inside wanting to do more analysis about the general. My analysis uncovered that Longstreet liked a profession working for the U.S. Administration and he was a convert to the Republican Party. Combining this with his help for reconstruction and some critical commentshe wrote regarding General Robert E. Lee, he enlarged his detractors and distanced himself from his Confederate colleagues. Portions of Knudsen's conclusion were steeped with a advantageous bit of martial strategic lingo that needed me to read it twice to acquire a advantageous knowledge. Knudsen's background inside martial command structure and control is fairly apparent as he realizes his stuff. However, areas of the last phase often leave the reader with a feeling he or she is at a martial academy receiving a briefing about martial plan and doctrine. All in all, I think his book is prolonged overdue and it deserves a destination about your bookshelf. You won't be dissatisfied.Grandviewfamilydental.com/\n

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