Military Tactics in Civil War

Authored by: Erin M. Kearns , Joseph K. Young

Routledge Handbook of Civil Wars

Print publication date:  February  2014
Online publication date:  February  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415622585
eBook ISBN: 9780203105962
Adobe ISBN: 9781136255786

10.4324/9780203105962.ch20

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Abstract

When Americans think of civil war they think of the pitched battles of the US Civil War, such as Antietam or Bull Run, that were fought by regular militaries with distinguishable sides, mostly wearing uniforms, fighting in lines with massive casualties on both sides but generally limited civilian targeting. The goal of the conflict was secession and the war was fought until one side completely vanquished the other. While each side committed atrocities against the other, sexual violence, terrorism, and genocide did not figure prominently into the conflict.

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