War upon the Land: Military Strategy and the Transformation of Southern Landscapes during the American Civil War

By Myers, Barton A. | The Journal of Southern History, May 2014 | Go to article overview

War upon the Land: Military Strategy and the Transformation of Southern Landscapes during the American Civil War


Myers, Barton A., The Journal of Southern History


War Upon the Land: Military Strategy and the Transformation of Southern Landscapes during the American Civil War. By Lisa M. Brady. Environmental History and the American South. (Athens, Ga., and London: University of Georgia Press, 2012. Pp. [xxii], 187. Paper, $24.95, ISBN 978-0-8203-4249-8; cloth, $69.95, ISBN 978-0-8203-2985-7.)

Historians of the American Civil War and American environmental history have long awaited Lisa M. Brady's engaging new work, War Upon the Land: Military Strategy and the Transformation of Southern Landscapes during the American Civil War, which examines the role of wilderness during the conflict. While the book does not present a comprehensive environmental history of the war, it offers many important new insights into how soldiers constructed their view of wilderness areas and how they understood the natural world. As scholars of the Civil War increasingly investigate how soldiers thought about and constructed their worlds, as opposed to just what they believed from an ideological standpoint, the book offers an important contribution by reconstructing the relationship that Civil War Americans had with their natural environment. Brady also successfully bridges a historio-graphical gap between Civil War historians and environmental historians of wilderness.

The book argues that the American Civil War was a turning point in the history of military engineering. Before the war, military engineers worked to improve the land by altering the natural world, but the war convinced military engineers that mastery of the environment was vital to military success and could be the key to American economic expansion. Fundamentally, Brady believes that the Civil War was a transitional moment for American attitudes toward and relationship with nature. "[I]deas of nature" played an important role in the decision-making processes of soldiers (p. 4). This is certainly true of U.S. military operations against the so-called Confederate Gibraltar, Vicksburg, Mississippi, which Brady carefully investigates.

In his foreword, series editor Paul S. Sutter, an expert on the role of wilderness in American history, describes how Brady "recognized that making a wilderness of the landscape became a centerpiece of Union strategy" (p. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

War upon the Land: Military Strategy and the Transformation of Southern Landscapes during the American Civil War
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.