Academic journal article Military Review

Military Quotations from the Civil War in the Words of the Commanders

Academic journal article Military Review

Military Quotations from the Civil War in the Words of the Commanders

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MILITARY QUOTATIONS FROM THE CIVIL WAR IN THE WORDS OF THE COMMANDERS by Peter G. Tsouras. 288 pages. Sterling Publishing Co., New York. 1998. $29.95.

Peter Tsouras says little about the intent or purpose of his book of Civil War quotations beyond such phrases as to "tell the story from the general's particular perspective" or "to discuss age-old problems of the art of war." Although "Commanders" is in the title of this book, it should more accurately read "Leaders."

The book is a welcome companion to Edward L. Ayers' A House Divided: A Century of Great Civil War Quotations (John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1997) and Darryl Lyman's Civil War Wordbook.- Including Sayings, Phrases and Expletives (Combined Books, Conshohocken, PA, 1994). Some of Tsouras' selections bear the dryness of subjects with which we are long familiar-religious sentiment, honor, glory-to logistics and maneuverability. However, these quotes retain their genuine and immutable character despite our familiarity with the themes. Readers will also benefit from the wide range of lesser quotes.

Unwittingly perhaps, Tsouras presents a revealing book since much is revealed by what these commanders do not say. For instance, Major General Oliver 0. Howard speaks in admirable terms of men carrying the colors against enemy guns. …

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