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A savage conflict : the decisive role of guerrillas in the American Civil War / Daniel E. Sutherland.

By: Sutherland, Daniel E.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Civil War America: Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : University of North Carolina Press, c2009Edition: 1st ed.Description: xvi, 435 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780807832776 (cloth : alk. paper); 0807832774 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Underground movements | Guerrilla warfare -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Guerrilla warfare -- Confederate States of America | Guerrillas -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Guerrillas -- Confederate States of AmericaDDC classification: 973.7/3013 LOC classification: E470 | .S89 2009
Contents:
pt. 1. Beginnings (Spring-Summer 1861) -- A people's war -- A border war -- A delayed war -- pt. 2. Rules of the game (Fall 1861-Summer 1862) -- Stringent orders -- Sanctioning barbarity -- Not the West Point way -- pt. 3. Democracy run amok (Fall 1862-Summer 1863) -- Communities of bitter memories -- In bad repute -- Some definite policy -- pt. 4. Day of the outlaw (Fall 1863-1864) -- So tired of war -- A terror to the citizens -- One vast Missouri -- Epilogue : 1865.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [357]-420) and index.

pt. 1. Beginnings (Spring-Summer 1861) -- A people's war -- A border war -- A delayed war -- pt. 2. Rules of the game (Fall 1861-Summer 1862) -- Stringent orders -- Sanctioning barbarity -- Not the West Point way -- pt. 3. Democracy run amok (Fall 1862-Summer 1863) -- Communities of bitter memories -- In bad repute -- Some definite policy -- pt. 4. Day of the outlaw (Fall 1863-1864) -- So tired of war -- A terror to the citizens -- One vast Missouri -- Epilogue : 1865.

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This book is a narrative account of guerrilla fighting during the Civil War. The author believes that an understanding of this aspect of the conflict, often regarded as a sideshow, is actually critical to understanding the war's course and outcome. Sutherland (Univ. of Arkansas) argues that guerrilla operations, especially as conducted by the South, helped decide the outcome of the war, although not in ways envisioned by the Confederates. Once thought vital to victory for the South, guerrillas actually proved a liability and a significant factor in the demise of the Lost Cause. Confederate leaders could never decide how to effectively use their guerrilla bands to help win the war. These irregular troops also became increasingly more independent and uncontrollable. Often they ended up waging their own war and preying on loyal Confederates, causing a severe backlash throughout Dixie. This weakened the Confederacy as its citizens ultimately lost faith in the ability of their government to protect them. Sutherland places the "Gray Ghost," John Singleton Mosby; John Hunt Morgan; "Bloody Bill" Anderson; bushwhackers; Red Legs; and jayhawkers, among many others, in the larger context of the "irrepressible conflict" in this wide-ranging account. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels and libraries. E. M. Thomas Gordon College

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