Preparing for Disunion

West Point Commandants and the Training of Civil War Leaders

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WINTER 2018-2019

Available on backorder

About the Book

Between 1817 and 1864, sixteen officers were assigned as Commandants of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy. They played an important role in training the officers who would serve on both sides of the Civil War. Historians criticize the program as antiquated for its time—a course in Napoleonic strategy and tactics that did not account for the advent of rifled weapons or the particularities of American terrain. Yet these commandants made changes to the program, developed new textbooks and instructed many cadets who became field generals. The biographies of the commandants are presented along with their contributions to the Academy, notable graduates and other military service.

About the Author(s)

Allen H. Mesch is an author, educator, and historian from Plano, Texas. He taught at the University of Texas at Dallas, Southern Methodist University, and Texas Woman’s University.

Bibliographic Details

Allen H. Mesch
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 45 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7425-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3365-7
Imprint: McFarland