(August 1, 2017) The book review below is provided by Dave Connon of Confederates From Iowa.
Football announcers, amazingly enough, parallel the work of historians: They both offer play-by-play comments, descriptions of players, speculation, and post-game analysis. Historian Philip Leigh has written a thoughtful book, The Confederacy at Flood Tide: The Political and Military Ascension, June to December 1862.
Leigh describes “the Confederacy’s most opportune period for winning independence.” He excels at setting things in context, ranging from battles in the Eastern and Western Theaters to geopolitical struggles in Europe. The book ends on the crescendo of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
The author offers a political insight about Robert E. Lee and the South in general:
Since he [Lee] famously, and reluctantly, resigned as a U.S. Army colonel during the secession crisis, Lee appreciated that the Confederacy was composed of people with divided loyalties and consciences. Many would require victories in order to remain steadfast to the new cause.