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The Politics of Command

Factions and Ideas in Confederate Strategy

236 pages / 6.00 x 9.00 inches / 61 line drawings

Civil War

  Paperback / 9780807123492 / October 1998

The Politics of Command reevaluates the continual controversy over strategy that occurred between Jefferson Davis and his high command, and within the command itself. Thomas Lawrence Connelly and Archer Jones illustrate how Davis’ decisions were affected by officers in the field, politicians, the considerable clout of the western bloc and its network of informal associations, the input of Robert E. Lee, the pressure brought to bear by P.G.T. Beauregard, and Davis’ own changing concept of the departmental command system. Connelly and Jones were the first to realize that any significant assessment of Davis’ strategy must examine those who influenced him, for his key decisions were products of the politics of command. 

Thomas Lawrence Connelly, professor of history at the University of South Carolina for many years, was the author or coauthor of numerous books on the Civil War, including The Politics of Command: Factions and Ideas in Confederate Strategy; The Marble Man: Robert E. Lee and His Image in American Society; and God and General Longstreet: The Lost Cause and the Southern Mind.

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