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The Warrior Generals: Combat Leadership in the Civil War

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  69 ratings  ·  11 reviews
master historian gives readers a fresh new picture of the Civil War as it really was. Buell examines three pairs of commanders from the North and South, who met each other in battle. Following each pair through the entire war, the author reveals the human dimensions of the drama and brings the battles to life. 38 b&w photos.

From the Hardcover edition.
Paperback, 528 pages
Published March 31st 1998 by Three Rivers Press (first published 1997)
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Steven Peterson
This is an intriguing book, although not without some controversy. The method is to examine three pairs of generals, one each from the Union and Confederate armies--East and West--at different levels of command. The two top generals at the end of the Civil War, Ulysses Grant and Robert E. Lee are one pair. Two generals of armies in the West--George Thomas with the Union and John Bell Hood with the Confederates--are profiled and compared. Finally, two generals in the East--Francis Barlow and John...more
Theo Logos
First, a caveat: If you say, "War of Northern Aggression", hold dear the Lost Cause, and celebrate Massa Robert Lee's birthday as a high holy day, you should avoid this book altogether rather than read it and go on to write an emotional review raving against it and giving only one star. This book dares depart from the usual hagiographic treatment of Lee, suggesting that some of his actions were less than genius, and that some were brutal mistakes. Trust me, if you consider this sacrilege, please...more
Good, thought provoking

In The Warrior Generals: Combat Leadership in the Civil War , Buell analyzes three Confederate and three Union generals with six very different leadership styles.

Buell gives a title to each of the six different men and they are:

The Yeoman: Ulysses S. Grant
The Aristocrat: Robert E. Lee
The Knight-Errant: John Bell Hood
The Roman: George H. Thomas
The Cavalier: John B . Gordon
The Puritan: Francis C. Barlow

Buell researched this book heavily, including delving into the National A...more
Andy Kline
I met General George Thomas in this book. Haven't been the same since.
Vincent Darlage
I enjoyed reading the leadership qualities of these six generals - and it sounds like it would have been better for all if Gen. Thomas had been in charge of the Union and Hood in charge of the Confederate army. It was a blunderful war - the number of blunders on both sides was staggering. Still it was an informative book. It would have earned five stars if there had been more graphics - the arrays of names were difficult to follow (and remember whose side was whom for this Civil War novice), so...more
Landon W
A strange book that seems to have been largely ignored by scholars of the war, possibly with good reason. The author's particular approach - comparison of a Confederate and a Union general at each of three levels of command - is an interesting one, and it allows him to say a great deal about the command culture of each of the armies. Likewise, the diligence of his research, which in some cases involved uncovering primary sources that have been forgotten since the war, cannot be faulted. That sai...more
If history was taught in schools with the interest that this book installs in the reading, we would be better off. Unfortunately, that requires making observations - true or no - that will polarize one's audience.
Lee Scoresby
Informative, but the guy's love affair with George Henry Thomas is a little irritating.
Great insight into a tragic period in our history, a must read if your a military buff.
One of my all time top picks.
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