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Where the South Lost the War: An Analysis of the Fort Henry-Fort Donelson Campaign, February 1862 (The American Civil War) Hardcover – June 1, 2003


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  • Series: The American Civil War
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1 edition (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811700496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811700498
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,808,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Some historians argue that the pivotal action of the Civil War was not Antietam or Gettysburg, but the twin Confederate losses at Forts Henry and Donelson, the battles that opened the way for the union juggernaut to penetrate the Southern heartland and carve it into pieces.... Kendall Gott's Where the South Lost the War ...should establish itself as the standard work on both engagements and their impact for the next generation."

About the Author

Kendall D. Gott is a military historian for the Combat Studies Institute at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is the author of several articles and studies on American military history, including the book In Glory's Shadow: The 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment during the Persian Gulf War, 1990-1991.

More About the Author

Mr. Kendall D. Gott retired from the United States Army and his combat tours include Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Fox. He is a Life Member of both the VFW and American Legion. A native of Peoria, Illinois, Mr. Gott, graduated from Richwoods High School, received his Bachelors degree in history from Western Illinois University, and a Masters degree from the US Army Command and General Staff College in 1998. In 2002, Mr. Gott joined the staff of the US Army Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth, KS as the Senior Historian. He resides in his adopted hometown of Leavenworth, Kansas.

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Mr. Gott's writing is excellent and the story is fresh.
John Bauer
He covers the personalities and the strategies of the campaign in a manner well-balanced with the tactical details of the battles.
H. Jespersen
This is a great book, one that any Civil War buff needs in their library.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By John Bauer on July 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a fine piece of old-school history: rich, objective, and thorough. Mr. Gott's writing is excellent and the story is fresh. The book is heavy on content, which I found satisfying, and the absence of leftist mythology and psychobabble is a reminder that there are still good historians out there. (Read McPherson if you want a discussion of Southern "paternalism" or Stonewall Jackon's psychological profile.)
As with most Civil War narratives, the story offers entertainment value in its own right. The collection of personalities includes inept Confederate generals, smarmy politicians and rugged country boys doing the soldiering. The unusual genesis of the Union army's river fleet is explored. Further, the battles followed a fascinating course unforeseen by either side. Fort Henry, for instance, was being abandoned by Confederate forces when it was attacked by Grant and his supporting gunboats. The resulting "defeat" at Henry was caused as much by floodwaters as by Union tactics.
Yet as the title suggests, the real story here is how the battles for Henry and Donelson shaped the events that followed. Gott never releases this theme; indeed, it is woven into his exploration of the battle from the very first page to the last. Gott's perspective as a professional battle historian is reflected in his emphasis on thorough analysis. Again, satisfying. He doesn't miss much. This book is a compelling drama for a reader interested in something deeper than the standard casual treatment of our country's bloodiest war.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By H. Jespersen on February 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was terrific, one of the best Civil War books in my collection. Gott writes lucidly and in an easy-to-read style. He covers the personalities and the strategies of the campaign in a manner well-balanced with the tactical details of the battles. Although the maps are rather crudely drawn, they are rich in useful detail. (As an instructor at Ft Leavenworth, he knows what to put into Army battle maps. But he also covers the naval aspects well, too.) He is unafraid to inject his candid opinions about the strengths and weaknesses of the key players and he backs these opinions well. Highly recommended.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
"For too long one of the Civil War's decisive campaigns has been ignored by historians. In Where the South Lost the War, Kendall Gott tells the story of the Fort Henry-Fort Donelson campaign, the operation that shattered the initial Confederate defense line in the west and enabled Union amphibious forces to thrust deep into the Southern heartland. Gott blends his experiences as a combat veteran with those of a military historian to provide a gripping narration of day-to-day operations. Particulalry relevant are his penetrating analyses of the leaders, their command decisions, and their strengths and weakensses. These elements combine to give the readers a masterful account of the campaign that served as a major milepost on "Unconditional Surrender" Grant's road to Appomattox Court House and the White House" Edwin C. Bearss, Historian Emertius, National Park Service.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on February 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Sub-Title: An Analysis of the Fort Henry-Fort Donelson Campaign, February 1862

There are a lot of battles where it might be said that the South lost the war. In this book, Kendall Gott says it was lost in 1862 at these two battles. He certainly presents a good case. This early in the war both armies had their share of "peacetime" generals who weren't very good on the battlefield.

I've never understood for instance why Nathan Bedford Forrest found it so easy to escape Fort Donelson while the other generals were so determined to surrender the fort and their men.

The biggest outcome of these two battles was the rise of Grant. After this came Shiloh, Vicksberg, and the march to Appomattox. The North had found a fighting general.

All in all, I don't think you can say that this is where the South lost the war. I believe that the war was lost before it started. The North had the population, the manufacturing capacity, and the moral high ground (because of slavery) that prevented England and France from coming in on the Southern side.

This is a splendid history of these two battles which have been so often neglected in the general histories of the war.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James W. Durney TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent campaign study, well written and informitive. The maps while not really good, do allow you to follow the action and provide the position information needed. They seem to be the only weak point in the book and this seems common to current ACW history books.
The first thing you find is how bad leadership was in 1862! Only Grant seems to be willing to fight and take chances. Halleck and Buell worry and find reasons why things can not happen while Grant is doing them. Of intrest is Halleck's actions against Grant and how he is pulled up short by Lincoln. This books continues to show Halleck as the fool that he was. It shows that Lincoln getting him out of the field was one of the best things he did.
Pillow seems to be the only fighter the CSA had in the area and his performance has ups and downs. For the balance, infighting, stupidity and indifference are the nicest things you can say about them. AS Johnston comes in for the usual blame in this are, all of it well deserved. He is unable to command and unwilling to take real postive action when attacked.
If you have an intrest in the early days of the war and or U.S. Grant this is a "must read" and well worth the money.
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