My latest Civil War book, The Confederacy at Flood Tide, is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other bookstores. You may purchase a signed hardcover copy directly from me by sending a check for $28.00 payable to me at the following address:
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The Confederacy at Flood Tide title was selected to distinguish the book from the popular notion of the Confederacy at High Tide, which is generally associated with Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg. But the story of the Confederacy’s most opportune time for winning independence during 1862 involved developments in Europe, Virginia, Washington, Maryland, Kentucky, Mississippi and even Missouri and Arkansas.
Moreover, the Confederacy’s flood tide was not limited to military factors. It also swelled within the sectors of diplomacy, politics, and espionage. For example, the Confederacy never came closer to diplomatic recognition than in the autumn of 1862. After learning of the Union rout at Second Bull Run, in mid-September British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston was considering British mediation for a peace settlement that would recognize the Confederacy as an independent state.
As one of the weapons Lincoln used to reverse the Confederate tide, the Emancipation Proclamation was more controversial than commonly supposed. Major General George McClellan, among others prominent Union leaders, believed it was a deliberate attempt to incite a slave rebellion in the South. His interpretation was even more readily accepted in Europe where it was feared that the proclamation might trigger an international genocidal race war by spreading slave rebellion into other parts of the Western Hemisphere. Finally, even President Lincoln admitted the possibility of such insurrections in the South shortly before he issued the proclamation.
The Confederacy at Flood Tide combines the multifaceted developments from mid-June through mid-December 1862 into an integrated narrative that brings new perspective to the overworked accounts of the past.
What other authors say about The Confederacy at Flood Tide…
Philip Leigh has done it once again. With The Confederacy at Flood Tide, he interweaves narrative and analysis to upend our conventional wisdom about the rise and fall of of the South’s fortunes during the Civil War. A must read for anyone looking for a deeper understanding of those critical months in 1862 when the South could, just for a moment, see the possibility of victory.
— Clay Risen, New York Times
Philip Leigh has produced a highly-readable history of a crucial period of the Civil War. It is a fine synthesis. He gives the reader a sold grounding of the battles, linked with a valuable discussion of how the leaders, both military and political, effected them. Perhaps the most interesting part of this work is the way in which Leigh paces the events he discusses into a global context, connecting what was happening in the U S. with public opinion, government polices, and social forces in Europe and Mexico. This is a fine addition to the current scholarship the war.
— Frank Varney, author of General Grant and the Rewriting of History
The Confederacy at Flood Tide ties together the far-flung theaters of the war and the contemporaneous political situation which emphasizes the interconnections among them. Mr. Leigh does not accept offhand the standard versions presented as history, but drills into the events without preconceptions, the better to determine the causes and impacts.
— Joseph Rose, author Grant Under Fire
What the experts say about my previous book, Lee’s Lost Dispatch and Other Civil War Controversies:
Philip Leighˈs Leeˈs Lost Dispatch and Other Civil War Controversies is chock full of data, interesting facts and just plain readable tales. It is a must read for Civil War enthusiasts who want to learn about some of the more interesting anecdotes of the Civil War.”
– Laurie Woodruff, Executive Director, Essential Civil War Curriculum, Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech
Philip Leigh has produced a thoughtful, thought-provoking and enjoyable book addressing some of the Civil War’s puzzles, scandals, mysteries and “what-if” subjects. It is a delightful “must-read” book.
– Edward Bonekemper, author and Book Review Editor, Civil War News