Secret War for the Union: The Untold Story of Military Intelligence in the Civil War
Houghton Mifflin, August 1996. Hardcover. Used - Very Good / Very Good. Item #273420
Many histories of the American Civil War explain victory or defeat in terms of the skill of commanders, the fighting qualities of the troops, and resources in men and material. Intelligence has often been ignored, because at the end of the war most of the intelligence records disappeared. They remained hidden for almost a century, but the author of this book uncovered them during 40 years of research.
Most histories of the Civil War explain victory or defeat in terms of the skill of commanders, the fighting qualities of the troops, and resources in men and materials. Intelligence has been largely ignored because so little was known about it. Fishel's book is the first to examine in detail the impact of intelligence, and for virtually every campaign this intelligence explanation alters, sometimes radically, the historical picture.