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By Craig L. Symonds

Original 12 months of publication: 1992; pb 1994

"Riveting. . . . A considerate biography." —New York instances booklet Review

General Joseph E. Johnston used to be in charge of accomplice forces on the South's first victory—Manassas in July 1861—and at its last—Bentonville in April 1865. a lot of his contemporaries thought of him the best southern box commander of the struggle; others ranked him moment simply to Robert E. Lee.

But Johnston used to be an enigmatic guy. His battlefield victories have been by no means decisive. He did not shop accomplice forces lower than siege by way of supply at Vicksburg, and he retreated into Georgia within the face of Sherman's march. His excessive feud with Jefferson Davis ensured the cave in of the Confederacy's western crusade in 1864 and made Johnston the point of interest of a political schism in the government.

Now during this rousing narrative of Johnston's dramatic occupation, Craig L. Symonds offers us the 1st rounded portrait of the final as a private and non-private man.

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