General James Longstreet: The Confederacy's Most Modern General

Knudsen, Harold M., LTC

Published by USA Publishing Services, 2007
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Synopsis: While many books and writings are available on the history of Lieutenant General James Longstreet of the Confederate States Army, nearly the entire body of this historiography marginalizes his accomplishments and is devoted to his falling from grace with the postwar Southern elites. This piece of historiography aims to look at Longstreet with twenty-first century objectivity, and completely abandons the Lost Cause linked hatred that many postwar Southern elites had for him and his post war politics. While Longstreet s political incorrectness was the reason he became ignored, politics is completely irrelevant to the student of warfare looking to garner lessons from Longstreet s battles and campaigns. This work will compare the similarities of Longstreet s innovations and operations to certain aspects of war that became standard in the First and Second World Wars. Interpreting Longstreet through the comparison of his methods to twentieth century methods shows Longstreet was a very modern general. Even more important than identifying Longstreet s originality is identifying how his actions greatly added to the changing complexion of warfare. Some of his innovations were the early origins of prominent facets in twentieth century warfare, and he clearly established his legacy as a modern innovator as early as 1862. But only now are the postwar negative portrayals of Longstreet faded enough for him to emerge as the Confederacy s most modern general.

About the Author: LTC Knudsen's Army career spans over twenty four years of active duty service, and includes American and German Army Field Artillery Schools, Command and General Staff College, and he is a recent graduate of the Joint Services Staff College, Naval Station, Norfolk. With many years of tactical experience in the integration of fire support, maneuver planning and fire control computation for cannon units, much of this time was spent in the German training areas on tactics offensive armored warfare, as well as peace-keeping and counter-insurgency training. A combat veteran of Desert Storm, he performed extensive artillery fire planning and execution in support of the US breakthrough of the Iraqi line and penetration into Iraq. He has also served in Iraqi Freedom in the current conflict as a Force Manager, fielding new equipment to units in Iraq. His years of staff work at the Corps, Army, and Pentagon levels give him a strong understanding of army operations from the lowest to highest levels. His interest in James Longstreet began at an early age, and expanded in Germany when comparing some of Longstreet's tactics and operations to current methods in the training areas. LTC Knudsen's way of looking at the Civil War draws heavily from 20th Century Army doctrine, field training, staff planning, command, and combat experience.

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Title: General James Longstreet: The Confederacy's ...
Publisher: USA Publishing Services
Publication Date: 2007
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition

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