Confederate Tide Rising: Robert E. Lee and the Making of a Southern Strategy, 1861-1862

Confederate Tide Rising: Robert E. Lee and the Making of a Southern Strategy, 1861-1862 – Review

Confederate Tide Rising: Robert E. Lee and the Making of a Southern Strategy, 1861-1862. By Joseph Harsh. (Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1999.)

Prof. Joseph Harsh of George Mason University is the winner of the Peter Seaborg Prize which is presented annually for the best non-fiction book that “takes a fresh look and illuminates a new perspective on a subject about which an extensive literature already exists.” The award is administered by the United States Civil War Center and is named for Peter Seaborg, a distinguished rare book dealer who collected Civil War books. Harsh’s fresh interpretation analyzes the military policy and grand strategy adopted by Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee in the first two years of the Civil War. He argues that the policies of Lee and Davis allowed the Confederacy to survive longer than it otherwise could have done and that they represented the best opportunity for the South to win independence.

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