[[ Reading ]] ➼ The Civil War in Louisiana Author John D. Winters – Writerscompany.co.uk

The Civil War in Louisiana In his exhaustive look at the war in Louisiana, Winters examines not only the military aspects of the war, but their political, economic, and to a lesser extent social aspects as well He goes into great detail and provides a thorough synthesis of the war in that state.I had two complaints, though First was the lack of an overall map of Louisiana This would have helped with the large number of place names, many of which are unfamiliar to anyone not from there.The second problem was Winters coverage of the black population A white author writing in 1963, his attitudes are a bit antiquated He can t seem to understand why slaves would rebel if given the chance, and considers this to be nothing but common criminality He is also overly critical of the ability of black units, many of which were given scanty training and scantier provisions.These two problems do somewhat lessen the value Superbly written I appreciate this book as I find myself referring to it. This is a history book that took a road less traveled, being neither Lost nor Just Cause propaganda This is the Civil War presented as tragedy, particularly since Louisiana suffered severe economic damage due in part to the piratical actions of Union military forces in the state Compared to other Union occupying forces, the record is appalling Winters, although interested in Confederate actions, is no Lost Cause sycophant Confederate desertion and thievery is discussed at length I also like his details on small actions, including raids, skirmishes, and guerilla bands.His take on black people during the war will not earn him any gold stars today, since he mentions looting, lawlessness, and the like in addition to the efforts to educate and train black soldiers The portrait is balanced between the two, although Winters fails to go into detail Yet, whereas contemporary authors will ignore, disregard, or applaud such things Winters does not In that sense, Winters might be racist by our standards , but he is hardly a patronizing triumphalist which is common today and colors the cu This book covered a part of the Civil War that a knew very little about It was interesting to see how the war in this area evolved I have to admit that I was unfamiliar with a lot of the military leaders so I got a little confused as the author discussed the progression of battle and campaigns. This Comprehensive History Fills An Important Gap In The Story Of The Civil War Too Often The War Waged West Of The Mississippi River Has Been Given Short Shrift By Historians And Scholars, Who Have Tended To Focus Their Attention On The Great Battles East Of The River This Book Looks In Detail At The Military Operations That Occurred In Louisiana Most Of Them Minor Skirmishes, But Some Of Them Battles And Campaigns Of Major Importance The Civil War In Louisiana Begins With The First Talk Of Secession In The State And Ends With The Last Tragic Days Of The War John D Winters Describes With Great Fervor And Detail Such Events As The Fall Of Confederate New Orleans And The Burning Of Alexandria In Addition To Military Action, Winters Discusses The Political, Economic, And Social Aspects Of The War In Louisiana His Accounts Of Battles And The Men Who Waged Them Provide A Fuller Story Of Louisiana In The Civil War Than Has Ever Before Been Told.

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