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Good primer on American Civil War,
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This review is from: Men of Fire (Kindle Edition)
My school life of history was largely memorization of key dates in history, so my knowledge of the Civil War was essentially the main battles fought in each year from 1861-1865. Men of Fire gives good behind the scenes knowledge of how the armies of North and South were formed and operated during civil war. From political appointees as battle leaders to a style of fighting where everyone stood in a line to fire at one another, the book is an eye opener on how different military life was then from now. I gained an appreciation for U S Grant, who is one of the 'men of fire.' He comes across as competent, caring for his men, and has ego in check. Nathan Bedford Forrest, the other 'man of fire,' was a Confederate lieutenant colonel. Had his military sense been followed, the South may well have been victorious in the battles of Forts Henry and Donelson. Book is well written and well researched.