Winfield Scott's Vision for the Army: Mobilizing the North to Preserve the Union
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Truly visionary, Winfield Scott’s enduring contribution to the Union war effort was the “Anaconda Plan.” This plan in essence became the basic overall Union military strategy in the American Civil War. Unlike most in 1861, Scott envisioned a protracted four-year-long war that would involve large numbers of troops and a grand strategy. Winfield Scott had another vision in 1861. This vision determined the role the standing, Regular Army would play as the Union mobilized to suppress the rebellion of the Southern states. Scott’s vision called for the Regulars to be a nucleus for the Union Army to form around as it expanded. Scott’s decision to keep Regular units intact would have a lasting impact on mobilization, training and the war effort the next four years. Some tried to persuade Scott to scatter Regular officers and men throughout formations to be teachers or a “training cadre.”
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Sep 1, 2016Mark Vlahos has authored a book that provides a surprising assessment of "Old Fuss and Feathers," with the publication of "Winfield Scott's Vision for the Army." Mark lays out a compelling reassessment of General Winfield Scott who, as General in Chief at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, set forth the framework for Union mobilization. Scott decided to keep the Regular Army units in tact rather than disperse them in the new regiments that were created in response to President Lincoln's call for volunteers. General Scott's "Anaconda Plan" to encircle and gradually force the South to give up the war initially was rejected because it would not produce a quick end to the war. However, as events played out over the succeeding years, a strategy much in line with Scott's thesis emerged. Mr. Vlahos' book provides an interesting review of General Scott's early exploits in the War of 1812 and his incredible rise to Brigadier General at the age of 27. He did... More > this despite being court martialed as a young officer! Scott's experiences in the War of 1812 shaped his view that Regular soldiers performed better than volunteer militia. The book outlines how the U.S. Army grew from a meager 16,000 men in early 1861 to over 1,000,000 before war's end in 1865. The initial strength of the Union Army rested upon the officers that had been trained at West Point. Their skills were based on their experiences in the Mexican-American War (1846-48) and through the many battles fought with Indians along the frontier. Following the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1862, President Lincoln called for 75,000 Volunteers to serve for only three months. There is a temptation to expect a war, almost any war, will be successful and end quickly. The American Civil War is a prime example of how wrong those assumptions can be. The book concludes that General Scott's decision to keep the Regular infantry regiments separate prevented the Volunteer regiments from learning valuable lessons from their better trained Regular Army comrades. Interestingly, Mark points out the same separation did not take place with the artillery, as Regular artillery units were allowed to serve alongside the Volunteer batteries. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the Civil War. It focuses on an overlooked aspect of the conflict--the significant impact of General Scott's decisions early in the conflict regarding how the Union Army would be structured.< Less
Feb 24, 2016Received from Midwest Book Review; February 13, 2016 278 Orchard Drive Oregon, WI, 53575, USA Critique: Exceptionally well researched, written, organized and presented, "Winfield Scott's Vision for the Army: Mobilizing the North to Preserve the Union" is an original and strongly recommended contribution to the growing library of American Civil War histories. A truly impressive military history, "Winfield Scott's Vision for the Army" will prove an enduringly popular and valued addition to community, and academic library American Civil War reference collections and supplemental studies lists. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Winfield Scott's Vision for the Army" is also available in a Kindle edition ($8.99). Jack Mason Reviewer You have complete permission to utilize the review in any manner you deem useful for marketing and promotion. Additionally, this review will be archived on our Midwest Book Review website for the next five years at... More > http://www.midwestbookreview.com I look forward to your next title! James A. Cox Editor-in-Chief Midwest Book Review 278 Orchard Drive Oregon, WI, 53575, USA< Less
Dec 29, 2015As an avid reader of Civil War History I've read numerous accounts of leaders and battles. This is the first in-depth look I've read regarding the daunting task of mobilizing the force needed to quell the rebellion. Mr. Vlahos, using his military mind, lays out the task faced by General Winfield Scott in the twilight of his career. He deftly illustrates the political minefield Scott faced raising a larger Regular Army while simultaneously competing for the same manpower resources of the State Volunteer units in the patriotic rush to defend the Union. In this well-researched easy to read account packed with period photos, clear and concise charts and figures, the immense number of men mobilized to fight the war is laid out in detail for the reader. Mr. Vlahos expertly ties the book together in Chapter 10, "Analysis and Alternatives", concluding with his assessments in "Lessons Learned from Civil War Mobilization". This is a GREAT READ and a must have for the serious... More > student of the Civil War.< Less
Dec 21, 2015This is a must-read for anyone interested in the Civil War. In a fresh new voice, Vlahos presents a book that is meticulously researched and well-focused on the specific subject of mobilizing and deploying the Union Army during this conflict. Peppered throughout the book are reproductions of period photographs along with easy-to-read charts and graphs. In the introduction, the author says that this began as a labor of love, a gift to his daughter. As is often the case with truly great works, this one took on a life of its own and morphed into a very important historical dot-connector. This book should be part of the library of every serious Civil War book collector. I hope this is just the start of the books we'll see from this author.
Nov 22, 2015As an avid student of the American Civil War, I can attest to the difficulty of discovering a book which delves into a unique subject of this conflict. Mr. Vlahos does exactly this with a fresh view on the role of the US Regular army in forming the north's fighting cadre. This enjoyable read blends very easy graphs and charts, period photographs which are relevant and drawing, and a writing style which brings the entire work to life. More often that not, readers of the American Civil War books are given to perusing dry accounts of various battles or leaders. Little fanfare is used to present the work in a living sense. In telling the story of Winfield Scott's vision for the Union armies, the author does a fine job of pulling the reader along for the ride. An enjoyable read of a unique subject pertaining to this great conflict. Great job!
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- Mark C. Vlahos (Standard Copyright License)
- October 27, 2015
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.82 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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