Preview: Conner & Mackowski, “Seizing Destiny”

18 04 2016

Layout 1One of my favorite Civil War studies, and after over 100 years still the finest on this campaign, is John Bigelow Jr.’s Chancellorsville. The problems associated with finding a copy with maps aside (I have a cheap Konecky reprint and found a faded set of maps on Ebay), one of the book’s great strengths is the detailing of the reorganization and morale building of the Army of the Potomac by Major General Joseph Hooker in the wake of the disastrous Fredericksburg Campaign. This aspect of the Winter of 1863 is the focus of a new book from Savas Beatie by Albert Conner, Jr. and Chris Mackowski, Seizing Destiny: The Army of the Potomac’s “Valley Forge” and the Civil War Winter that Saved the Union. Consulting “hundreds of primary sources”, the authors “let the soldiers speak” to tell “the full story of how the citizen soldiers of the Army of the Potomac overcame adversity, seized their destiny, and saved the nation through leadership, perseverance, patriotism, and faith.”

What you get: 316 pages of text; three appendixes including an order of battle; full bibliography and index; bottom of page footnotes; eight Hal Jesperson maps; and numerous illustrations scattered throughout.


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18 04 2016
Ted Savas

Harry Thanks–but it is the winter of 1863, not 1864, that is the subject of the study. :) Best Regards, Theodore P. SavasManaging Director, Savas Beatie LLC  989 Governor Drive, Suite 102El Dorado Hills, CA 95762916-941-6896 (phone) / 916-941-6895 (fax)www.savasbeatie.com (website)www.savasbeatie.blogspot.com (blog)

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18 04 2016
Ted Savas

Many thanks, Harry. We appreciate the coverage and are very excited about this title. However, a brief editorial note: The subject is the 1863 winter (January – April) of 1863–not 1864. Carry on.

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18 04 2016
Harry Smeltzer

Ooops…fixed it.

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20 04 2016
Jim Rosebrock

It is a great book. I got it last week. The volume of first person accounts is impressive. The authors tie in many modern military concepts into the narrative which makes it even better.

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20 04 2016
Harry Smeltzer

Thanks Jim!

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