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Commanding the Storm: Civil War Battles in the Words of the Generals Who Fought Them

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From Beauregard and Custer to Lee and Sherman, twelve commanders from each side vividly describe what they and their men experienced at twelve of the war’s most legendary battles from Fort Sumter to Appomattox Court House in accounts gathered from letters, memoirs, reports, and testimonies. They relate noted incidents and personal triumphs and tragedies while covering stra ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Lyons Press (first published November 20th 2012)
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Thom Swennes
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Countless books have been written and read about the war that threatened to dissolve the United States. I enunciate read as these books are still avidly read and don’t just collect dust on a library shelf. The causes of and motivations to fight this war remain nebulous even to this day and the author makes an honest attempt to clear the air. Equal and unpartisan approach is taken at both sides, even employing the different names given to battles by each side of the conflict. This narrative doesn ...more
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May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for anyone interested in The Civil War. After reading 'House Divided'. '47. Ben Ames Williams, I was in need of more information about this war in our country. One hundred and fifty years ago really is
not that long ago. I was searching for a sense of order. Well, John Richard Stephens has done a magnificent job in helping me learn, understand, and appreciate this time in our history. Beginning with the most noted generals North and South, the technological improvements, real reason
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Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read about the war utilizing first-person accounts.
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Lee
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book detailing the major engagements of the Civil War from the men who commanded the troops in battle. Utilizing their field reports, memoirs and testimony in front of committee’s and other places it tells the stories of the major battles and Sherman’s March to the Sea. Good read.
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