From Publishers Weekly
Military historian Nosworthy (The Bloody Crucible of Courage, The Anatomy of Victory), a specialist in combat tactics and weaponry, gets more personal in this book and offers a soldier's eye view of the Civil War. Focusing primarily on the on-the-ground experiences of Union and Confederate troops, Nosworthy sketches the roles of small units in a series of engagements, big and small, including a Union brigade's part in the first Battle of Bull Run, a New York regiment's role in the little-known battle at Fair Oaks and the cavalry engagements on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg. The heart of the book, relying heavily on soldiers' memoirs, diaries and unit histories, is readable and evocative. While the writing in the introduction and conclusion is a bit stilted, this book will doubtlessly appeal to Civil War enthusiasts.
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"Brent Nosworthy's book has much to recommend it. It is an interesting and highly informative story that should appeal to anyone interested in military history who wants to know more about the American Civil War... it is a worthy starting point for those interested in the real nature of how a battle was fought during the American Civil War." -- Military History Online
"[T]he author clearly knows his stuff, and Civil War buffs will have a ball." -- Kirkus Reviews
"The heart of the book, relying heavily on soldiers' memoirs, diaries and unit histories, is readable and evocative...this book will doubtlessly appeal to Civil War enthusiasts." -- Publishers Weekly