- By Alan Axelrod

Generals South, Generals North: The Commanders of the Civil War Reconsidered

  • Title: Generals South, Generals North: The Commanders of the Civil War Reconsidered
  • Author: Alan Axelrod
  • ISBN: 9780762761494
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Generals South Generals North The Commanders of the Civil War Reconsidered Generals South Generals North highlights twenty fourcommanders twelve each from the Confederacy and the Union Best selling author and military historian Alan Axelrod presents a biography of each nar

    Generals South, Generals North highlights twenty fourcommanders twelve each from the Confederacy and the Union Best selling author and military historian Alan Axelrod presents a biography of each, narrates the major engagements in which each fought emphasizing tactical leadership and outcome produced , and explores each man s ever controversial reputation His consequentGenerals South, Generals North highlights twenty fourcommanders twelve each from the Confederacy and the Union Best selling author and military historian Alan Axelrod presents a biography of each, narrates the major engagements in which each fought emphasizing tactical leadership and outcome produced , and explores each man s ever controversial reputation His consequent rankings are based on both historical and modern day sources.

    1 thought on “Generals South, Generals North: The Commanders of the Civil War Reconsidered

    1. An excellent series of essays on 24 generals (12 North and 12 South) who ranged from horrible and infamous to merely competent to outstanding generals key to winning. This book, though not without a few evaluations which I disagree with, would be of great use to both Civil War scholars and the armchair historian alike. I cannot wait to purchase a copy of it myself!

    2. A nice, quick overview of 24 Civil War generals. Axelrod reuses many, I mean many, of the same quotes and phrases throughout the biographies but still an OK little book. If you just want the "Cliff Notes" bio, then this will do you well.

    3. A somewhat "low frills" volume, this book nevertheless provides a good primer on most of the major personalities on both sides of the conflict. Each profile (roughly 15 pages each) includes a War-era photo of the given general, perhaps a map of a major engagement, and often a photo from much later in life. On the text side, the profiles follow each general from childhood to death, explaining how each landed in a military career. The profiles are concise and insightful. Axelrod also rates each ju [...]

    4. Good overview of 24 of the principle Generals of the Civil War. None of the chapters go into great depth (each being about 12 pages each), but give a decent personal history of each, with emphasis on the Civil War years.A great deal of repetition of stories, not always from different points of view, bring this book down a notch. This book is satisfactory for what it is, a quick reference to some of the main players on both sides of the conflict.

    5. Concise Summaries of the Great and not so Great Civil War GeneralsThis book is a lot like a baseball statistics book. It rates the generals along with short career vignettes. I found it a great update and I think a lot of civil war newbies will find it useful.

    6. A thumbnail sketch of 12 generals each from the South and the North. It was very informative, and especially helpful as I was reading Volume I of Shelby Foote's "The Civil War."

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