Nd classic study of an unusual campaign What makes this book different
so many campaign studies is that Johnson goes into the politics and economics behind the Union decision to head up the Red River with the intention of securing Louisiana and hopefully parts of Texas The "parts about how merchants and officers on both sides got rich off of trading with the enemy are "about how merchants and officers on both sides got rich off of trading with the enemy are opening and thoroughly researched This belongs on every Civil War historian s shelf. Ely for close shots when he wants them giving dreadful pictures of war James M Cain New York Times Book ReviewAt a time when so much repetitious material is being produced on the Civil War era it is refreshing to read a monograph characterized by as much originality as this one The book is well documented and thoroughly done and the title is The book is well documented and thoroughly done and the title is chosen since the narrative represents a careful intertwining of the play of military factors cotton and politics H H Simms American Academy of Political Social Science Anna. Er for those who livefrom so many
in the central and northern part of Louisiana and would like to hear some historythe central and northern part of Louisiana and would like to hear some history their back yard This is a classic Johnson s prose is solid his preface is certainly worth a read and he does not ignore the dramatic moments This is doubly good since he does not ignore political diplomatic and economic factors all of which usually get the short end in classic military history His sly and caustic wit is in evidence throughout Excellent S one of the most destructive of the Civil WarIt is an ugly tale and except piecemeal in diaries memoirs and chapters in other books has not been fully told Ludwell H Johnson's book is thorough scholarly and moving He goes into the complex of reasons beginning with the annexation of Texas that impelled men to employ shady means top attain decent ends "he goes into the washington phase of the "goes into the Washington phase of the especially Mr Lincoln's part in it something until now unrevealed Johnson describes the fighting dollying his camera nic. The Union s plan for the Civil War was to blockade the Confederacy Following the fall of Vicksburg thus splitting the Confederacy along the Mississippi River the next step was to cut Texas and its border with Mexico from the rest of the South This is a book that may have a regional following regardless of how well it is written and it is well written The Red River Campaign is a "understated component of the Civil War However the meaning will be even First published in 1958 Red River "component of the Civil War However the meaning will be even strong. First published in 1958 Red River examines how partisan politics economic needs and personal profit determined military policy and operations in Louisiana and Arkansas during the spring of 1864In response to the demands of Free Soil interests in Texas and the New England textiles manufacturers' need for cotton Lincoln authorized an expedition to open the way to Texas General Nathaniel Banks conducted a combined military and naval campaign up the Red River that lasted only from March 12 to May 20 1864 but wa.
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