The Great “What Ifs” of the American Civil War

Historians Tackle the Conflict’s Most Intriguing Possibilities

"What If...?” Every Civil War armchair general asks the question. A serious inquiry sparks rigorous exploration, demands critical thinking, and unlocks important insights. This is a collection of thirteen essays by the historians at Emerging Civil War which focus on one of the most important events of the war and unpacks the options of the moment.
Date Published :
October 2021
Publisher :
Savas Beatie
Editor :
Chris Mackowski PhD, Brian Matthew Jordan
Illustration :
4 maps, 30 images
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781611215731
Pages : 264
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order
-
+
$29.95

Overview
-

“What If...?” Every Civil War armchair general asks the question. Possibilities unfold. Disappointments vanish. Imaginations soar. More questions arise. Asking “What if...” is often more than an exercise in wishful fantasy. A serious inquiry sparks rigorous exploration, demands critical thinking, and unlocks important insights.

The Great “What Ifs” of the American Civil War: Historians Tackle the Conflict’s Most Intriguing Possibilities is a collection of thirteen essays by the historians at Emerging Civil War, including a foreword by acclaimed alternate history writer Peter G. Tsouras.

Each entry focuses on one of the most important events of the war and unpacks the options of the moment. To understand what happened, we must look at what could have happened, with the full multitude of choices before us and a clear and objective eye. “What if” is a tool for illumination.

This is not a collection of alternate histories or counterfactual scenarios. Rather, it is an invitation to ask, to learn, and to wonder, “What if...?”

About The Author
-

Chris Mackowski, Ph.D., is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of the online resource Emerging Civil War. A writing professor in the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY, Chris is also historian-in-residence at Stevenson Ridge, a historic property on the Spotsylvania battlefield in central Virginia. The series editor of the award-winning Emerging Civil War Series, he has authored or co-authored a dozen books on the Civil War, and his articles have appeared in major Civil War magazines.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
-

Foreword: “Paths Not Taken: Thoughts of an Alternate Historian” by Peter G. Tsouras

Introduction by Chris Mackowski

Chapter One: “‘Persistently Misunderstood’: The What-Ifs of Shiloh” by Timothy B. Smith

Chapter Two: “The What Ifs of Antietam” by Kevin Pawlak

Chapter Three: “What If Great Britain Had Intervened in the American Civil War?” by Dwight Hughes

Chapter Four: “What If Someone Else Had Been Offered Command of the Army of the Potomac?” by Frank Jastrzembski

Chapter Five: “What if Stonewall Jackson Had Not Been Shot?” by Kristopher D. White

Chapter Six: “To Go Around to the Right? Longstreet at Gettysburg” by Dan Welch

Chapter Seven: “What if Jefferson Davis Hadn't Been So Loyal to Braxton Bragg?” by Cecily Nelson Zander

Chapter Eight: “What if Robert E. Lee Had Struck a Blow at the North Anna River?” by Chris Mackowski

Chapter Nine: “‘Rally the loyal men of Missouri’: What If the 1864 Missouri Expedition Had Been Successful?” by Kristen Trout

Chapter Ten: “Why Didn’t General Robert E. Lee Wage a Guerrilla War with his Army of Northern Virginia in April 1865?” by Barton A. Myers

Chapter Eleven: “‘What if Lincoln Lived? The Civil War’s Perennial Counterfactual Question” by Brian Matthew Jordan and Evan C. Rothera

Contributor Notes

More from this publisher