1862 The Confederates Strike Back Paperback – July 21, 2015
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About the Author
Kevin Carroll is president of a medical consulting firm and owner of Southern Republic. He earned a finance degree from Columbia College and is an electronic technician. He's written articles for Southern News and contributes to The Confederate Society. Carroll lives in Florida with his wife and two children.
- Paperback : 410 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1491766492
- ISBN-13 : 978-1491766491
- Item Weight : 1.31 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.03 x 9 inches
- Publisher : iUniverse (July 21, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,435,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In reading the other reviews, I noticed a complaint that in this alternate history the Confederates do everything right and the Union always fumbles. That is not a completely accurate assessment. However, if the reader is familiar with the commanders on both sides of the American Civil War, he should realize that Lee and Longstreet against Pope, then McClellan is only a contest because of overwhelming Union numbers and material aided by some competent Union division and brigade commanders along with brave soldiers.
In the west, the author cleverly keeps the abysmally incompetent, egotistical and quarrelsome Braxton Bragg out of the battle until Generals Jackson and Hardee already have the Union forces reeling. General Polk having bowed to General Hardee's superior tactical ability and allowing him to essentially command Bragg's Army of Tennessee. Jackson and Hardee, cooperating fully with each other, were facing an army commanded by Don Carlos Buell, a man completely out of his depth when not aided by Bragg's incompetence.
After the battle chronicled in this book, Bragg behaved much as he did after Chickamauga and would have given the remaining Union forces time to prepare at Louisville. This time Stonewall Jackson was present and Confederate troops immediately pursued.
The book of obviously is meant to be continued and I wish it would be.
This is a man’s book, a book of maps, a book of war. It is a book best appreciated by all military -minded males—especially Army soldiers, guys in the Special Forces, the Seals, and the Marines. It is a book that is perfect for all males fascinated by what has been, what might have been and what could be. It is a book for men who understand the value of being able to think strategically in a world wherein there will always be wars and the likelihood of wars.
I cannot attest to the soundness of the strategies employed by the author, but I can clearly see his re-designed battles becoming a part of the studies of our nation’s professional warriors in attendance at the U.S. government’s “War College.” I can also envision Computer game makers creating brand new games using the content of Kevin’s text as a most important portion of their game plans.