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The Fourth Battle of Winchester: Toward a New Civil War Paradigm

by McMurry, Richard M.
Publisher: The Kent State University Press
Retail Price: $9.95
Issue: Winter 2003
ISBN: 087338721X

This analysis of the causes of southern defeat concludes with an assessment that fixes primary blame on military blunders in the West. Lee's role is viewed as overwhelmingly positive for the southern cause, giving the South a chance despite disaster in the West. Rather uniquely, the author uses counterfactual history in the first half of the study to illustrate its potential beneficial uses in analyzing the past.

Phillips, Dale, review of The Fourth Battle of Winchester: Toward a New Civil War Paradigm, by McMurry, Richard M., Civil War Book Review, (Winter 2003).