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Sears, Stephen W.

Works: 124 works in 435 publications in 1 language and 33,926 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Sources  Biographies  Personal narratives  Pictorial works  Illustrated works  Records and correspondence  Autobiographies  Personal correspondence 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator, Other, Thesis advisor
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Most widely held works by Stephen W Sears
Landscape turned red : the Battle of Antietam by Stephen W Sears( Book )

32 editions published between 1983 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A definitive study of the climactic and pivotal battle of Antietam offers a vivid account of the two armies, the soldiers and officers, and the bitter, bloody campaign and analyzes the impact of Antietam on the Civil War as a whole
Chancellorsville by Stephen W Sears( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lee's great victory came at great cost, however: Jackson, making a night reconnaissance, was accidentally shot by his own troops and died eight days later. And ironically, the momentum of Lee's greatest triumph pushed him to launch an aggressive campaign that led to his greatest defeat, at Gettysburg. Drawing on a wealth of new sources, including personal accounts by soldiers on both sides, Stephen Sears has written the definitive book on Chancellorsville
Lincoln's generals by G. S Boritt( )

24 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the moment the battle ended, Gettysburg was hailed as one of the greatest triumphs of the Union army. Celebrations erupted across the North as a grateful people cheered the victory. But Gabor Boritt turns our attention away from the rejoicing millions to the dark mood of the White House - where Lincoln cried in frustration as General Meade let the largest Confederate army escape safely into Virginia. Such unexpected portraits abound in Lincoln's Generals, as a team of distinguished historians probes beyond the popular anecdotes and conventional wisdom to offer a fascinating look at Lincoln's relationship with his commanders. In Lincoln's Generals, Boritt and his fellow contributors examine the interaction between the president and five key generals: McClellan, Hooker, Meade, Sherman, and Grant. In each chapter, the authors provide new insight into this mixed bag of officers and the president's tireless efforts to work with them. Even Lincoln's choice of generals was not as ill-starred as we think, writes Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark E. Neely, Jr.: compared to most Victorian-era heads of state, he had a fine record of selecting commanders (for example, the contemporary British gave us such bywords for incompetence as 'the charge of the Light Brigade, ' while Napoleon III managed to lose the entire French army). But the president's relationship with his commanders in chief was never easy. In these pages, Stephen Sears underscores McClellan's perverse obstinancy as Lincoln tried everything to drive him ahead. Neely sheds new light on the president's relationship with Hooker, arguing that he was wrong to push the general to attack at Chancellorsville. Boritt writes about Lincoln's prickly relationship with the victor of Gettysburg, 'old snapping turtle' George Meade. Michael Fellman reveals the political stress between the White House and William T. Sherman, a staunch conservative who did not want blacks in his army but who was crucial to the war effort. And John Y. Simon looks past the legendary camaraderie between Lincoln and Grant to reveal the tensions in their relationship. Perhaps no other episode has been more pivotal in the nation's history than the Civil War - and yet so much of these massive events turned on a few distinctive personalities. Lincoln's Generals is a brilliant portrait that takes us inside the individual relationships that shaped the course of our most costly war."--Jacket
Gettysburg by Stephen W Sears( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1,741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The greatest of all Civil War campaigns, Gettysburg was the turning point of the turning point in our nation's history. Volumes have been written about this momentous three-day battle, but recent histories have tended to focus on the particulars rather than the big picture: on the generals or on single days of battle, even on single charges, or on the daily lives of the soldiers. In Gettysburg, Sears tells the whole story in a single volume. From the first gleam in Lee's eye to the last Rebel hightailing it back across the Potomac, every moment of the battle is brought to life with the vivid narrative skill and impeccable scholarship that has made Stephen Sears's other histories so successful. Based on years of research, this is the first book in a generation that brings everything together, sorts it all out, makes informed judgments, and takes stands. Even the most knowledgeable of Civil War buffs will find fascinating new material and new interpretations, and Sears's famously accessible style will make the book just as appealing to the general reader. In short, this is the one book on Gettysburg that anyone interested in the Civil War should own. This text for scholars and general readers well versed in the Civil War offers a detailed account of the climactic three-day battle at Gettysburg. Sears begins with some background information on the events that led to Robert E. Lee's fateful decision to bring his troops into Northern territory. Other topics include, for example, an account of Joshua Chamberlain's right-wheel maneuver on Little Round Top and an analysis of Johnson Pettigrew's compact arrangement of his brigades on the battle line. Sears is the author of six books on the Civil War
The Civil War( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawn from letters, diaries, speeches, articles, poems, songs, military reports, legal opinions, and memoirs, this collection brings together over 120 pieces by more than 60 men and women to create a firsthand narrative of the first year of the Civil War. Beginning on the eve of Lincoln's election in 1860 and ending in January 1862 with the appointment of Edwin M. Stanton as Secretary of War, the selections provide a sense of the immediacy, uncertainty, and urgency of events as the nation was torn asunder. Includes headnotes, a chronology of events, and biographical and explanatory endnotes.--Adapted from publisher description
George B. McClellan : the young Napoleon by Stephen W Sears( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and held by 1,626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By age 35, General George B. McClellan (1826-1885), designated the "Young Napoleon," was the commander of all the Northern armies. He forged the Army of the Potomac into a formidable battlefield foe, and fought the longest and largest campaign of the time as well as the single bloodiest battle in the nation's history. Yet, he also wasted two supreme opportunities to bring the Civil War to a decisive conclusion. In 1864 he challenged Abraham Lincoln as the Democratic candidate for the presidency. Neither an indictment nor an apologia, this biography draws entirely on primary sources to create a splendidly incisive portrait of this charismatic, controversial general who, for the first eighteen months of the conflict, held the fate of the union in his unsteady hands. - Publisher
Controversies & commanders : dispatches from the Army of the Potomac by Stephen W Sears( )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 1,547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A fascinating look at some of the most intriguing generals in the Union's Army of the Potomac and at some of the most extraordinary events of the Civil War."--Jacket
The American heritage century collection of Civil War art by American Heritage (Periodical)( Book )

8 editions published between 1974 and 1983 in English and held by 1,536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Illustrations originally appeared in Battles and Leaders of the Civil War, published 1887-88
Hometown U.S.A. by Stephen W Sears( Book )

9 editions published between 1975 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Captioned photographs provide a visual history of the looks, daily, activities, family life, children's activities, and leisure pastimes of turn-of-the-century small-town America
To the gates of Richmond : the peninsula campaign by Stephen W Sears( Book )

16 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 1,429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Union forces were expelled from the Peninsula. Weaving together narrative, military analysis, and firsthand testimony from the diaries and letters of Union and Confederate soldiers, Stephen Sears has crafted a magisterial history. It is at once a ground-breaking study of the great Civil War engagement, an unforgettable picture of men at war, and a sobering reflection of the role of individuals on the outcome of events
The Horizon history of the British Empire by Stephen W Sears( Book )

9 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 1,222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the system of Pax Britannica, started in 1815, the rise and the glory of the world-wide Empire and its gradual decline in our day
Mr. Dunn Browne's experiences in the Army : the Civil War letters of Samuel W. Fiske by Samuel Wheelock Fiske( )

5 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 1,131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Connecticut newspaper reporter serves in the Federal army, describing witty behind-the-scenes follies of the army bureacracy and the hardship of the daily life of the Civil War soldier
The Civil War : the second year told by those who lived it( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 985 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covers the Civil War from January 1862 to January 1863, describing the events of that year through messages, proclamations, newspaper articles, letters, diaries, and poems from people who lived through it
The American Heritage history of the automobile in America by Stephen W Sears( Book )

4 editions published in 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lincoln's lieutenants : the high command of the Army of the Potomac by Stephen W Sears( Book )

9 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 854 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The High Command of the Army of the Potomac was a changeable, often dysfunctional band of brothers, going through the fires of war under seven commanding generals in three years, until Grant came east in 1864. The men in charge all too frequently appeared to be fighting against the administration in Washington instead of for it, increasingly cast as political pawns facing down a vindictive congressional Committee on the Conduct of the War. President Lincoln oversaw, argued with, and finally tamed his unruly team of generals as the eastern army was stabilized by an unsung supporting cast of corps, division, and brigade generals. With characteristic style and insight, Stephen Sears brings these courageous, determined officers, who rose through the ranks and led from the front, to life and legend."--Provided by publisher
The Civil War papers of George B. McClellan : selected correspondence, 1860-1865 by George B McClellan( Book )

8 editions published between 1989 and 1992 in English and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hearts touched by fire : the best of Battles and leaders of the Civil War by Craig L Symonds( Book )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of excerpts from the four-volume classic "Battles and Leaders of the Civil War" features first-hand recollections by the Civil War's commanders and subordinates on both sides, with commentary by such leading scholars as James McPherson and Joan Waugh
Desert war in North Africa by Stephen W Sears( Book )

9 editions published between 1967 and 2006 in English and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Air war against Hitler's Germany by Stephen W Sears( Book )

10 editions published between 1958 and 2015 in English and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Allied strategy and the Third Reich's attempts at defense. Grades 6 and up
Chancellorsville by Stephen W Sears( )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A careful tracing of the movements of both the Union and Confederate armies which offers fascinating vignettes of daily life within the ranks. Looking at issues from horse fodder to critical military strategy, the author examines the personal and military cost of this historic clash of armies
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ChancellorsvilleLincoln's generalsGettysburgThe Civil WarGeorge B. McClellan : the young NapoleonControversies & commanders : dispatches from the Army of the PotomacTo the gates of Richmond : the peninsula campaignMr. Dunn Browne's experiences in the Army : the Civil War letters of Samuel W. Fiske
Alternative Names
Sears, Stephen

Sears, Stephen Ward, 1932-

Stephen W. Sears American historian

Stephen W. Sears Amerikaans historicus

Stephen W. Sears historiador estadounidense

Stephen W. Sears historiador estatunidenc

Stephen W. Sears historiador estauxunidense

Stephen W. Sears historien américain


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