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The Confederate Order of Battle: The Army of Nothern Virginia Hardcover – June 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: Confederate Order of Battle
  • Hardcover: 486 pages
  • Publisher: White Mane Publishing Company (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942597737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942597738
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,814,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
F. Ray Sibley has indeed done a service for the Civil War historian. He has spent more than a dozen years to compile what researchers will ultimately proclaim as the conclusive reference on the organizational make-up of the Confederacy. The Confederate Order of Battle: The Army of Northern Virginia is a rare accomplishment that will greatly reduce the amount of time and effort spent on research for sometime to come. This 486 page volume is destined to be labeled as the standard reference for those studying the organizational framework of the Army of Northern Virginia. In his first volume of a planned three volume series, Sibley has carefully analyzed numerous resources and has subsequently compiled them into a single reference book that defines the structure of the eastern Confederate forces as they went into battle. In a massive undertaking, Sibley's The Confederate Order of Battle: The Army of Northern Virginia and his ensuing works will literally shrink the amount of time and effort researchers, genealogist, and history writers will take in conducting research and verifying their work. Sibley's work fundamentally allows students and researchers to identify a composite listing of a unit's history. In the same light, it enables one to ascertain the identity of a Confederate commander's combat career without the need to consult other resources. In The Confederate Order of Battle, Sibley has carefully defined even the most difficult to find unit identifications and commanding officer names and has listed them chronologically by battle. Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, Sibley has meticulously indexed the entire reference in two distinctive and functionally worthwhile manners.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a very useful reference work which gives the command structure, so far as is known, for the ANV and its subsidiaries down to the regimental level. It will be invaluable for specialists. I found the footnote structure to be somewhat confusing: it might have been better to restate these scattered notes as brief paragraphs on the units and events mentioned.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Lynn on June 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
THE CONFEDERATE ORDER OF BATTLE: THE ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA-VOLUME 1
F. RAY SIBLEY, JR.
WHITE MANE PUBLISHING, 1996
HARDCOVER, $80.00, 486 PAGES

The most famous and most successful of all the Confederate armies had its origins in the Department of Alexandria, a command created in April, 1861 encompassing most of northern Virginia and also known as the Department of the Potomac. After P.G. Beauregard took command of the department in June, 1861, its field army became known as the Army of the Potomac. This army, merged with General Joseph E. Johnston's Army of the Shenandoah, won the first major battle of the war at First Bull Run in July, 1861 and the combined force, under Johnston's command, kept its new name in the Department of the Potomac.

When a new Department of Northern Virginia was created in October, 1861, Johnston was assigned to command it, with department headquarters at Manassas and the Army of the Potomac as its principal army. After Johnston was seriously wounded at Fair Oaks/Seven Pines in May, 1862, Robert E. Lee left his position as military advisor to President Jefferson Davis to take command of the army and the department, a post he would hold for the rest of the war. The army he would command would win praise around the world for its fighting ability and leadership.

On the 150th Anniversary of The War Between The states, author F. Ray Sibley, Jr. has written what has been needed for a long time in our attempt to understand the organization and composition of the Army of Northern Virginia. He writes in detail on the hierarchy of the corps, divisions, brigades, regiments, batteries, and separate units. Also included is a chronology of the engagements each unit participated in as well as detailed orders of battle.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Warren Bajan on May 23, 2013
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The edition I received was missing pages 11-18 and had duplicate pages 19-22. Seven Days oob missing. Alot of page flipping is needed to use the endnotes pages with the oob pages. The index requires page flipping to discover the organization of the regiments listed (if the pages aren't missing).
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Not for everyone just people really
into the Army of Northern VA
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