The secret war for the Union : the untold story of military intelligence in the Civil War
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Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, [1996].
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Central - Adult Nonfiction  1 available
973.785 FISHE

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Book
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xiv, 734 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Language
English
ISBN
0395742811, 9780395742815, 0395901367, 9780395901366

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 690-699) and index.
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Previous histories of the Civil War have explained victory or defeat in terms of the skill of commanders, the fighting qualities of the troops, and resources in men and materiel. Intelligence has been largely ignored, not because it wasn't critically important -- Lincoln called it the most difficult problem faced by the Union -- but because so little has been known about it. At the end of the war most of the intelligence records disappeared, and they remained hidden for almost a century, until Edwin Fishel uncovered them during the 40 years of research that has resulted in this monumental book. The Secret War for the Union is unique among Civil War histories in its reliance on original, previously unknown sources. It is the first book to examine in detail the impact of intelligence, and this intelligence explanation alters, sometimes radically, history's understanding of virtually every campaign. Both enthralling and authoritative, The Secret War for the Union is one of the most important books ever published about the Civil War. - Jacket flap.
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Most histories of the Civil War explain victory and defeat in terms of the skill of commanders and their troops. Intelligence records disappeared after the war, and thus a critically important element has largely been ignored. Fishel has unearthed substantial collections of such records, and his "intelligence explanation" radically alters history's understanding of the campaigns. The Secret War for the Union is one of the most important Civil War works ever published. Includes material on Allan Pinkerton and Rose Greenhow.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Fishel, E. C. (1996). The secret war for the Union: the untold story of military intelligence in the Civil War . Houghton Mifflin Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Fishel, Edwin C.. 1996. The Secret War for the Union: The Untold Story of Military Intelligence in the Civil War. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Fishel, Edwin C.. The Secret War for the Union: The Untold Story of Military Intelligence in the Civil War Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1996.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Fishel, Edwin C.. The Secret War for the Union: The Untold Story of Military Intelligence in the Civil War Houghton Mifflin Company, 1996.

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