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Victors in Blue: How Union Generals Fought the Confederates, Battled Each Other, and Won the Civil War (Modern War Studies) Hardcover – November 17, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Modern War Studies
  • Hardcover: 374 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (November 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700617930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700617937
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"Stimulating and controversial, Victors in Blue provides a pleasing narrative that is at once a clear overview of the war's military operations and a fascinating examination of its great commanders."--Steven E. Woodworth, author of This Great Struggle: America's Civil War

"A succinct account, by an accomplished historian known for his common sense and perceptive insight, that provides an outstanding view of the leading Union generals amid the high drama of our Civil War."--Wiley Sword, author of Confederacy's Last Hurrah: Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville

"Insightfully written with eloquence and wit, Victors in Blue is a pleasure to read."--William C. Davis, author of Lincoln's Men and Jefferson Davis

About the Author

Albert Castel is the author of numerous books, including the Lincoln Prize-winning Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864; Tom Taylor's Civil War; and Civil War Kansas: Reaping the Whirlwind. Brooks D. Simpson is professor of history at Arizona State University and the author of Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph over Adversity, 1822-1865; Let Us Have Peace: Ulysses S. Grant and the Politics of War and Reconstruction, 1861-1868; and The Reconstruction Presidents.

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This book is still recommended for all Civil War booksh4elves.
david l. poremba
I just now finished the book which leaves me feeling I had a good conversation with a very knowledgeable friend.
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Castel also offers the following good summary of successful military leadership.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Albert Castel begins his recent Civil War history, "Victors in Blue: How Union generals Fought the Confederates, Battled Each Other, and Won the Civil War" (2011) by observing that the campaigns of the Civil War have been the subject of many, "perhaps too many" studies. He also states that his book has little new to offer in the way of facts. Instead, Castel endeavors to work through and assess sometimes conflicting versions of the facts to offer an assessment of Union leadership during the war. He studies the performance of the various Union generals to ascertain which leaders deserve to be considered the "Victors in Blue" and why they deserve this accolade. Castel is best-known for his study, "Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864".. In the final five chapters of "Victors in Blue" Castel consulted and exchanged ideas with Civil War historian Brooks Simpson, the author of a biography of Grant. The conclusions of the book are Castel's own.

At the beginning of the book, I took Castel's modest disclaimers to heart. The book seemed to me in some ways a rehash of many other Civil War military histories. The author covers many campaigns and battles, relying in the process on some of the leading secondary sources for each battle and not contributing much in the way of new facts or analysis. Gradually, the book won me over by its writing style, in turn eloquent, thoughtful, and succinct, and by its judgments on Union leadership. Some of Castel's judgments are standard, including his high estimation of Grant, while others are controversial. The portrayal and interpretation of the battles and the Union military leadership becomes engrossing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. A. Nofi on December 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
From the review on StrategyPage.Com:

'Two of the most noted contemporary historians of the Civil War, Castel, author of General Sterling Price and the Civil War in the West and William Clarke Quantrill: His Life and Times, among others, and Simpson, known particularly for his outstanding biography Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph Over Adversity, 1822-1865, as well as several other notable works, do an excellent job of tracing the rise of the men who would ultimately lead the Union armies to victory. Arguably, these men, among them Grant, Meade, Thomas, Sherman, Sheridan, even Rosecrans, were the Union's second team, coming to high command after the McDowells, McClellans, Hallecks, Burnsides, Popes, Buells, and so forth had failed in the field. What distinguises these "second team" officers is that at the onset of the war they were minor characters, and had time to learn and grow, in contrast to the others, who early in the war had too much responsibility thrust upon them too soon, and did not, or could not, learn quickly enough. So in Victors in Blue we see some ultimately great commanders, including Grant and Sherman, making some serious mistakes, and we also see them growing. There are some excellent word portraits of these and many other officers as well as some fine anecdotes, and occasional idiosyncratic assessments.'

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By david l. poremba VINE VOICE on July 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The question of why the North won the American Civil War has been a matter of discussion ever since Mr. McLean closed his front door in April, 1865. The Union has the money, manpower and material to fight a sustained conflict; it also has the combat leadership - a general officer corps made up mostly of regular officers and graduates of West Point. These officers' abilities varied. Some had talent, others did not and most thought they were better than they actually were. Competing for a limited number of command slots, these men were rivals with tremendous egos, all of whom had heard of or served with the others at some point in their service careers.
Authors Castel and Simpson offer us a look at the war in terms of its very human characters, acting and reacting to each other as well as to the enemy. The focus is, however, strictly on the West Pointers and not those wearing stars appointed from civilian life. The narrative moves briskly and the writing is clean and, at times, acidly witty. There should be more of the juicy tidbits promised in the title but there is enough to just whet one's appetite and go looking for more elsewhere.
There are some great new interpretations here that beg for more revisionist history of the American Civil War. This book is still recommended for all Civil War booksh4elves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim Meeks on July 2, 2012
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I am an amateur historian who spends most of his time on the Civil War. I so thoroughly enjoyed Castel and Simpson's book (my Alma Mater also being Arizona State '74) that a review is required. The history is informative while being readable and does not weigh itself down in endless recounting of the names of each division, regiment and platoon engaged in the battles. Anyone wishing to understand the undercurrents that revolved around the Union Generals during this heralded conflict will much appreciate this writing. I particularly enjoyed their witty and insightful remarks which end most of the chapters, as being fair and balanced appraisals. Their appraisal of Rosecrans should awaken in amateurs a motivation to find our more and decide if they are correct. It is my belief that each of the Union generals brought something good and bad to the battlefield and we should look for balance not blame. I could only wish that Castel and Simpson would write another book on the illfated commanders in grey. I learned a great deal about the union commanders personalities, motivations, distrusts and deceitfulness by comrades in arms and that alone is well worth your time and money.
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