- By Frank E. Vandiver

Rebel Brass: The Confederate Command System

  • Title: Rebel Brass: The Confederate Command System
  • Author: Frank E. Vandiver
  • ISBN: 9780807118627
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rebel Brass The Confederate Command System Throughout the years of its existence the Confederacy was caught up in a massive war effort that finally touched all elements of life in the South In the way it was fought the Civil War was unlike any

    Throughout the years of its existence the Confederacy was caught up in a massive war effort that finally touched all elements of life in the South In the way it was fought the Civil War was unlike any wars that had preceded it and thus presented special strategic challenges to military leaders In Rebel Brass, Frank E Vandiver discusses the nature and effectiveness of thThroughout the years of its existence the Confederacy was caught up in a massive war effort that finally touched all elements of life in the South In the way it was fought the Civil War was unlike any wars that had preceded it and thus presented special strategic challenges to military leaders In Rebel Brass, Frank E Vandiver discusses the nature and effectiveness of the Confederacy s high command the men who composed it, the decisions they made, and the influences that shaped their policies Vandiver presents not only a concise description of the machinery of the Confederate high command but also sharp analyses of the figures who dominated the system His portraits of Jefferson Davis, George W Randolph, James A Seddon, and Stephen R Mallory are among the best sketches we have of these Confederate leaders Vandiver contends that the South s strong adherence to the principle of states rights had a profound impact on the war effort, affecting the strategic thinking of its leaders and impeding efforts to form an efficient, centralized command system Nowhere was the lack of a strong central command evident than in logistics, the complicated process of moving, provisioning, and quartering troops Throughout the war the South s management of logistical operations was often confused and inept In the end, Vandiver finds, it was the nature of the southern character and southern culture that spelled doom for the Confederate cause.

    1 thought on “Rebel Brass: The Confederate Command System

    1. This is among Vandiver's first works and it is rather weak. Lots of myths are espoused (Bragg and Davis were friends, Davis ignored the west etc.). Prose is loose but so is the format; this is less a book and more an extended essay. Overall nothing really comes through. It is a surprisingly vague and shockingly ignorant book. The Confederate cavalry might have been the best the world has ever seen? I can picture the Mongol Khans, Murat, Seydlitz, and a host of others laughing long and hard at th [...]

    2. A very brief, basic look at the Confederate war effort at the national level, through a look at the civilian leadership (the president and the secretaries of war and the navy) and how logistics was handled. From the foward, it appears that the author intentionally kept the book very brief and could have went into more detail, but he doesn't explain why he did this. Also, there were several topics he could have covered (for example, the interaction between department commanders and the national g [...]

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