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Chancellorsville [Paperback]

Stephen W. Sears
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22 Jun 1998
Drawing on a wealth of new sources, Sears captures all of the drama of Chancellorsville, Lee's strategic masterpiece--from sending Stonewall Jackson on his 12-mile march around the Union flank to the tragedy of Jackson's end, accidentally shot by his own troops. 16 photos.

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; New edition edition (22 Jun 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039587744X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395877449
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.3 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmatched study of Civil War battle 11 Sep 2000
By Kentspur VINE VOICE
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I have reviewed one or two books on Amazon and, as an enthusiast, have given a couple "five stars". The problem with this is when you hit a book like this one. Five stars just aren't enough.
This is the best battle history I've ever read; it's probably the best work of military history I've ever read (and there's been a few). Sears takes you into the mind of the combatants during Chancellorsville and explains lucidly why they did what they did. This battle has had a few volumes on it - mostly sharply critical of the Union commander Joe Hooker, mostly based on some well-chosen phrases from disgruntled Union officers. Sears unpicks that carefully woven fabric of falsehood, though also shows why Hooker failed.
Perhaps the emphasis is more on the North with Robert E Lee shown as a courageous commander whose splitting of forces and flank attacks are, really, more to the Union plan than his own. This is not to belittle Lee, but does provide some well-needed balance from the hyperbole of many writers about Chancellorsville.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lifts the fog from this complicated battle 15 Jan 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Want to get a clear understanding of this complex
Civil War campaign? Painlessly? This is the book.
Sears has a way of explaining a complex and chaotic
event in a logical and very readable way. The book is
very detailed, but Sears never lets you get lost in it.
I had a mental picture of this campaign pieced together
from a large assortment of other sources. That picture
has been profoundly changed by this book and it has my highest recommendation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpeice 13 May 2012
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Fully documented though not tediously so, and with lucid maps to illustrate this most complex of American Civil War campaigns. This is the third book in Sear's excellent series of ACW campaign histories and maintains the very high standards of the others in all respects.Decide for yourself if General Hooker was blind drunk - as many of his subordinate officers were - or the victim of an unlucky artillery near miss.
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Stephen W. Sears is a great writer and who will read this book, he will understand it ! Indeed he tells you the story without a preconceived idea, but with a great historical research and a deep psychological examination of the men involved in such a fight he is able to make you understand how and why everything happened in that way. He is able with very few words to make understand the true character of the participants to this battle , about Howard (the commander of the Eleventh Corps destroyed in the battle and that fled at Gettysburg) he writes:" Howard was a West Pointer and courageous enough but he was not strong willed and forceful in command. Howard's passion was religious ortodoxy...All in all...The Eleventh Corps would go in campaign under a general it neither liked nor trusted".
Chancellorsville has been, on my opinion, the brightest Confederate victory , the Robert E. Lee's masterpiece, Indeed, outnumbered two to one Lee violated the cardinal rule of military strategy, diving his own army in face of the enemy, sending Stonewall Jackson's Corps onn his famous twelve-mile march around the Union flank.
This book is based on personal accounts by soldiers on both sides and this makes you feel the smell of the powder.
if you are passionated about the American Civil War or you want to know everything the battle that made possible for the Confederate Army to try again to invade the North, you have to read this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and detailed account 6 Dec 2012
By Mr. Christopher Harris VINE VOICE
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Stephen Sears is surely one of the best authors writing about the American Civil War and this is an excellent account of this important battle. I wouldn't say that it brings any greater understanding but it is comprehensive and will give anyone new to the subject a clear understanding of what is viewed by many as Lee's "masterpiece".
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