Southern Strategies: Why the Confederacy Failed


2nd Lieutenant
Apr 30, 2012
Jupiter, FL
Southern Strategies: Why the Confederacy Failed
edited by Christian B. Keller
University Press of Kansas, 2021

Summary on the Civil War Books & Authors blog:

I Just learned of this book today. Certainly sounds interesting.

  1. "Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Strategic Contingencies in the 1862 Valley Campaign"
    by Christian Keller
  2. "Confederate Economic and Fiscal Policies: Root Causes of Defeat"
    by Eric Johnson
  3. "Lee's Blind Horse Confederate Intelligence Operations in the 1862 Maryland Campaign"
    by Kevin E. McCall
  4. "For Want Of Friends: The Failure of Confederate Diplomacy"
    by Erik Anderson
  5. "Going North In 1863: Balancing Boldness and Risk in the Pursuit of Strategic Imperatives"
    by Chris Compton
  6. "The Forgotten Trans-Mississippi Theater and Confederate Strategy"
    by Michael J. Forsyth
Looks like all six contributors are professors at the US Army War College which would bring a distinct perspective to the material. I just hope the writing isn't too dry.

Keller previously wrote The Great Partnership: Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and the Fate of the Confederacy. Forysth has previous books on the Camden Expedition, the Red River Campaign, and Price's Raid.


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Nov 27, 2018
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Depending how your interests are with the moment Chapters 2 and 4 will either be a welcome break from battlefield plans or a tedium beyond grief.