Road to Appomattox Bell Irvin Wiley

ISBN: 9780807119112

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152 pages


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Road to Appomattox  by  Bell Irvin Wiley

Road to Appomattox by Bell Irvin Wiley
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Originally published forty years ago, Bell Irvin Wileys The Road to Appomattox marked one of the first efforts by a Civil War scholar to identify the internal causes of the Souths defeat. Today this elegant little book remains one of the mostMoreOriginally published forty years ago, Bell Irvin Wileys The Road to Appomattox marked one of the first efforts by a Civil War scholar to identify the internal causes of the Souths defeat.

Today this elegant little book remains one of the most penetrating, thought-provoking works on the subject. In the books three chapters, Wiley treats three broad reasons for the failure of the Confederacy: weak political leadership, low morale among the populace, and four internal influences in the South. Those four shortcomings stemmed from traits apparently endemic to southerners in general, Wiley explains, and they included disharmony among and between political and military leaders- the governments failure to provide adequate public information systems- rigidity in outlook and course of action- and poor judgment, especially of the Norths strength, the Souths own strength, and Europes dependence on cotton.

Recent years have witnessed a number of significant studies dealing with Confederate defeat, particularly with the failings of Davis as war leader and with the complex issue of the Souths dedication to the cause. Wiley was one of the first historians to raise these issues and discuss then trenchantly. Those familiar with The Road to Appomattox will cheer the reissue of this resonant work- first-time readers will see why.



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