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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:01 pm 
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I would recommend this book by Bevin Alexander.
Alexander argue persuasively that the watime policies of President Jefferson Davis, the military strategy of General Robert Lee and Thomas Jackson led to failure of the Confederacy.
Davis's concept of a passive strategy implied defending every inch of the South that Federal violated (polical reasons no military). Protecting everything ends up protecting nothing.
Lee would a traditional approach of assaulting the enemy army head on but the cost in lives was too great. The minie ball rifle had made frontal and glorious attacks a suicide (es, battle o seven days, gettysburg).
Jackson would take the war to the North, and combact a defensive battle (like Second Bull run, Fredericksburg) then to hit with flank attack (like Chancellorsville). One victory in the Northern territory could reduce the will of the North to continue the war)
Longstreet had understood this strategy but he didn't try to change Lee's approach of attack frontal the Third Day of Gettysburg.
According Alexander the strategy of T. Jackson was the only way for the South to defat the north huge advantage in manpower and waepony.

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Sounds like a good read

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