How to Lose the Civil War: Military Mistakes of the War Between the States (Paperback)
A fascinating and factfilled collection of the greatest and dumbest missteps of America's bloodiest conflict
For four years in the middle of the nineteenth century, brother fought brother on American soil. No American war ever had higher stakes than, or changed a nation as profoundly as, the terrible conflict between the Union and the Confederacy. A dark historical panorama populated by a remarkable cast of colorful characters, the War Between the States was indelibly marked by both brilliant military maneuvers and mind-boggling battlefield blunders that gravely threatened the continuation of the American Experiment.
With suitable irreverence, Bill Fawcett chronicles the unbelievably disastrous decisions made by both sides in this monumental clash, including:
The Second Battle of Bull Run, where Robert E. Lee looks smart beating a remarkably stupid general
How the Union's shortsighted Colonel James Ripley's bad decision arms the Confederate Army better than his own
Lincoln's roller-coaster search for competent commanders, a long-running dark comedy of tragic errors
A golden opportunity squandered: General Lee fails to exploit a vulnerable Union and capture Washington, D.C.
Pickett's disastrous charge and the many, many Confederate command failures at Gettysburg
Lincoln's contentious draft policy that nearly burns New York City to the ground
About the Author
Bill Fawcett has been a professor, teacher, corporate executive, and college dean. His entire life has been spent in the creative fields and managing other creative individuals. He is one of the founders of Mayfair Games, a board and role-play gaming company. As an author, Fawcett has written or coauthored over a dozen books and dozens of articles and short stories. As a book packager, a person who prepares series of books from concept to production for major publishers, his company, Bill Fawcett & Associates, has packaged more than 250 titles for virtually every major publisher. He founded, and later sold, what is now the largest hobby shop in Northern Illinois.