Dixie Betrayed: How the South Really Lost the Civil War by David J. EicherDixie Betrayed: How the South Really Lost the Civil War by David J. Eicher

Dixie Betrayed: How the South Really Lost the Civil War

byDavid J. Eicher

Paperback | October 1, 2007

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For more than a century, conventional wisdom has held that the South lost the Civil War because of bad luck and overwhelming Union strength. The politicians and generals on the Confederate side have been lionized as noble warriors who bravely fought for states’ rights. But in Dixie Betrayed, historian David J. Eicher reveals the real story, a calamity of political conspiracy, discord, and dysfunction that cost the South the Civil War.
 
Drawing on a wide variety of previously unexplored sources, Eicher shows how President Jefferson Davis viciously fought with the Confederate House and Senate, state governors, and his own cabinet. Some Confederate senators threatened one another with physical violence; others were hopeless idealists who would not bend even when victory depended on flexibility. Military commanders were assigned not on the basis of skill but because of personal connections. Davis frequently interfered with his generals, micromanaging their field campaigns, ignoring the chain of command, and sometimes trusting utterly incompetent men. Even more problematic, some states wanted to set themselves up as separate nations, further undermining a unified war effort. Tensions were so extreme that the vice president of the Confederacy refused to live in the same state as Davis.
 
Dixie Betrayed blasts away previous myths about the Civil War. It is essential reading for Civil War buffs and for anyone interested in how governments of any age can self-destruct during wartime.
David J. Eicher is the author of numerous books about the Civil War, including The Longest Night.
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Title:Dixie Betrayed: How the South Really Lost the Civil WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9 × 5.94 × 0.8 inPublished:October 1, 2007Publisher:UNP - Bison BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803260172

ISBN - 13:9780803260177

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Table of Contents

1. Prologue
2. Birth of a Nation
3. Portrait of a President
4. The War Department
5. A Curious Cabinet
6. The Military High Command
7. State Rightisms
8. Richmond, the Capital
9. The Rise of Lee and Bragg
10. An Uneasy Brotherhood
11. Jockeying for Position
12. Politics Spinning Out of Control
13. Can't We All Get Along?
14. Soiled Reputations
15. The President versus the Congress
16. Military Highs and Lows
17. Slaves as Soldiers?
18. Peace Proposals
19. Epilogue: Despair
Postlude
Appendix: Executive Officers of the Confederate States, 1861-1865, Congress of the Confederate States 1861-1865
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
 

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"David Eicher's Dixie Betrayed is a provocative new examination of the internal conflicts that doomed the Confederacy. In a swiftly paced narrative, Eicher offers astute profiles of Confederate leaders and makes a compelling case for the destructive power of states' rights that ultimately led to the defeat of the Southern nation. This book will rekindle vital arguments about the Confederate saga."—Jeffry D. Wert, author of The Sword of Lincoln - Jeffry D. Wert