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Shenandoah Summer by Scott C. Patchan

Shenandoah Summer (2007)

by Scott C. Patchan

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Besides giving a detailed analysis of events in the time in question, essentially from when Jubal Early fell back from Fort Stevens to Phil Sheridan arriving in the Shenandoah Valley to settle accounts once and for all, Patchan also strives to put the this campaign in some broader perspective. The arguement being that Early had an impact out of all proportion to the size of his force, and quite probably bought the Confederacy some more time, considering all the Union troops that he drew away from Richmond. The issue is that Early might have had an even bigger impact, if he had fought more of a force-in-being campaign designed to bring maximum political embarrasment to the Lincoln Administration, instead of seeking battlefield decision over Sheridan. ( )
  Shrike58 | Mar 5, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0803237545, Hardcover)

Jubal A. Early’s disastrous battles in the Shenandoah Valley ultimately resulted in his ignominious dismissal. But Early’s lesser-known summer campaign of 1864, between his raid on Washington and Phil Sheridan’s renowned fall campaign, had a significant impact on the political and military landscape of the time. By focusing on military tactics and battle history, Scott C. Patchan uncovers the facts and actions of these little-understood battles and offers a new perspective on Early’s contributions to the Confederate war effort—and to Union battle plans and politicking.
Patchan details previously unexplored battles at Rutherford’s Farm and Kernstown (a pinnacle of Confederate operations in the Shenandoah Valley). He examines the campaign’s influence on President Lincoln’s reelection efforts and provides insights into the personalities, careers, and roles in Shenandoah of Confederate General John C. Breckinridge, Union General George Crook, and Union Colonel James A. Mulligan, with his “fighting Irish” brigade from Chicago. Finally, Patchan reconsiders the ever-colorful and controversial Early himself, whose importance in the Confederate military pantheon this book at last makes clear.

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