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The West Point History of the Civil War

The West Point History of the Civil War

The definitive military history of the Civil War, featuring the same exclusive images, tactical maps, and expert analysis commissioned by The United States Military Academy to teach the history of the art of war to West Point cadets.

The United States Military Academy at West Point is the gold standard for military history and the operational art of war. West Point has created military history texts for its cadets since 1836. For the first time in over forty years, the United States Military Academy has authorized a new military history series that will bear the name West Point. That text has been updated repeatedly, but now it has been completely rewritten and The West Point History of the Civil War is the first volume to result in a new series of military histories authorized by West Point.

The West Point History of the Civil War combines the expertise of preeminent historians commissioned by West Point, hundreds of maps uniquely created by cartographers under West Point’s direction, and hundreds of images, many created for this volume or selected from West Point archives. Offering careful analysis of the political context of military decisions, The West Point History of the Civil War is singularly brilliant at introducing the generals and officer corps of both Union and Confederacy, while explaining the tactics, decisions, and consequences of individual battles and the ebb and flow of the war. For two years it has been beta-tested, vetted, and polished by cadets, West Point faculty, and West Point graduates and the results are clear: This is the best military history of its kind available anywhere.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 448 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476782621 | 
  • October 2014
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The United States Military Academy

The United States Military Academy at West Point is a four year federal service academy established in 1802 to educate and train students as future officers in the military. Its alumni includes two presidents and numerous famous generals and Medal of Honor recipients. A West Point cadet’s education is based on three pillars of performance: academics, physical, and military. Since 1847, West Point has published and frequently updated the definitive military history text The West Point History of Warfare for its cadets. With its unsurpassed access to original documents and images, West Point has created the most important and insightful work of military history to date.

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