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Gallagher, Gary W.

Works: 200 works in 702 publications in 2 languages and 47,117 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Chronologies  Biography  Biographies  Reference works  Military history  Personal narratives‡vConfederate  Autobiographies  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author, Editor, Teacher , Narrator, Other, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Speaker, Contributor
Classifications: E487, 973.7
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Gary W Gallagher
The myth of the lost cause and Civil War history by Gary W Gallagher( )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 2,604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, nine historians describe and analyze the Lost Cause, identifying the ways it falsifies history. They have created a thoughtful and provocative volume that makes a major contribution to Civil War historiography."--Jacket
Lee and his generals in war and memory by Gary W Gallagher( )

13 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 2,408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gary W. Gallagher examines Robert E. Lee, his principal subordinates, the treatment they have received in the literature on Confederate military history, and the continuing influence of Lost Cause arguments in the late-twentieth-century United States. Historical images of Lee and his lieutenants were shaped to a remarkable degree by the reminiscences and other writings of ex-Confederates who formulated what became known as the Lost Cause interpretation of the conflict. Gallagher adeptly highlights the chasm that often separates academic and popular perceptions of the Civil War and discusses some of the ways in which the Lost Cause continues to resonate
Lee the soldier by Gary W Gallagher( )

7 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 2,295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lee the Soldier is a unique one-volume source of writing by and about Lee in which readers can explore all facets of the general's military leadership. Combining unpublished manuscript testimony from Lee about his campaigns, six new essays by leading historians in the field, more than a dozen important essays published previously, and an annotated bibliography of two hundred key titles, this book lays out the major debates and enables readers to explore fully Lee's contribution to the Confederate war effort
The Union war by Gary W Gallagher( Book )

18 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 2,143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Even one hundred and fifty years later, we are haunted by the Civil War--by its division, its bloodshed, and its origins. Today, many believe that the war was fought over slavery. This answer satisfies our contemporary sense of justice, but as Gary Gallagher shows in this revisionist history, it is an anachronistic judgment. In a searing analysis of the Civil War North as revealed in contemporary letters, diaries, and documents, Gallagher demonstrates that what motivated the North to go to war and persist in an increasingly bloody effort was primarily preservation of the Union. Devotion to the Union bonded nineteenth-century Americans in the North and West against a slaveholding aristocracy in the South and a Europe that seemed destined for oligarchy. Northerners believed they were fighting to save the republic, and with it the world's best hope for democracy. Once we understand the centrality of union, we can in turn appreciate the force that made northern victory possible: the citizen-soldier. Gallagher reveals how the massive volunteer army of the North fought to confirm American exceptionalism by salvaging the Union. Contemporary concerns have distorted the reality of nineteenth-century Americans, who embraced emancipation primarily to punish secessionists and remove slavery as a future threat to union-goals that emerged in the process of war. As Gallagher recovers why and how the Civil War was fought, we gain a more honest understanding of why and how it was won--From book jacket
Causes won, lost, and forgotten : how Hollywood & popular art shape what we know about the Civil War by Gary W Gallagher( )

21 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 1,733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than 60,000 books have been published on the Civil War. Most Americans, though, get their ideas about the war––why it was fought, what was won, what was lost––not from books but from movies, television, and other popular media. In an engaging and accessible survey, Gary W. Gallagher guides readers through the stories told in recent film and art, showing how these stories have both reflected and influenced the political, social, and racial currents of their times
Crucible of the Civil War : Virginia from secession to commemoration by Edward L Ayers( )

7 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Serving both as home to the Confederacy's capital, Richmond, and as the war's primary battlefield, Virginia held a unique place in the American Civil War, while also witnessing the privations and hardships that marked life in all corners of the Confederacy. Yet despite an overwhelming literature on the battles that raged across the state and the armies and military leaders involved, few works have examined Virginia as a distinctive region during the conflict. In Crucible of the Civil War: Virginia from Secession to Commemoration, Edward L. Ayers, Gary W. Gallagher, and Andrew J. Torget, together with other scholars, offer an illuminating portrait of the state's wartime economic, political, and social institutions. Weighing in on contentious issues within established scholarship while also breaking ground in areas long neglected by scholars, several of the essays examine such concerns as the war's effect on slavery in the state, the wartime intersection of race and religion, and the development of Confederate social networks. Other contributions shed light on topics long disputed by historians, such as Virgina's decision to secede from the Union, the development of Confederate nationalism, and how Virginians chose to remember the war after its close. For anyone interested in Virginia during the Civil War, this book offers new ways to approach the study of the most important state in the Confederacy during the bloodiest war in American history
The Confederate War by Gary W Gallagher( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and German and held by 1,532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If one is to believe contemporary historians, the South never had a chance. Many allege that the Confederacy lost the Civil War because of internal division or civilian disaffection; others point to flawed military strategy or ambivalence over slavery. But, argues distinguished historian Gary Gallagher, we should not ask why the Confederacy collapsed so soon but rather how it lasted so long. In The Confederate War he reexamines the Confederate experience through the actions and words of the people who lived it to show how the military and the home front responded to the war, endured great hardships, and assembled armies that fought with tremendous spirit and determination
The Third day at Gettysburg & beyond by Gary W Gallagher( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and held by 1,530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Third Day at Gettysburg and Beyond brings current research and interpretation to bear on a range of pivotal issues surrounding the final day of the battle, July 3, 1863. This revisionist approach begins by expanding our knowledge of the engagement itself: individual essays address Confederate general James Longstreet's role in Pickett's Charge and Union general George Meade's failure to pursue Lee after the fighting. Other essays widen the scope of investigation to look at contemporary reactions to the Confederate defeat across the South, the construction of narratives by the participants themselves - from Confederate survivors of Pickett's assault to Union sergeant Ben Hirst - and the reverberations of Pickett's final momentous charge. Combining fresh evidence with the reinterpretation of standard sources, these essays refocus our view of the third day at Gettysburg to take in its diverse stories of combat and memory
The Antietam campaign by Gary W Gallagher( )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 1,427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Maryland campaign of September 1862 ranks among the most important military operations of the American Civil War. Crucial political, diplomatic, and military issues were at stake as Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan maneuvered and fought in the western part of the state. The climactic clash came on September 17 at the battle of Antietam, where more than 23,000 men fell in the single bloodiest day of the war." "The essays in this volume address a range of topics related to Lee's and McClellan's operations. Approaching their subjects from a variety of perspectives, contributors explore questions regarding military leadership, strategy, and tactics, the impact of the fighting on officers and soldiers in both armies, and the ways in which participants and people behind the lines reacted to, interpreted, and remembered the campaign." "The contributors are William A. Blair, Keith S. Bohannon, Peter S. Carmichael, Gary W. Gallagher, Lesley J. Gordon, D. Scott Hartwig, Robert E.L. Krick, Robert K. Krick, Carol Reardon, and Brooks D. Simpson
Lens of war : exploring iconic photographs of the Civil War( )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 1,417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This set of essays by twenty-seven historians of the Civil War describes a wide array of the war's photographs, examining them in unfamiliar ways
The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862 by Gary W Gallagher( )

10 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of the Shenandoah Valley campaign, known for its role in establishing Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's reputation as a Confederate Hero. It addresses military leadership, the campaign's political and social impact and the difference between memories of the events and historical record
The second day at Gettysburg : essays on Confederate and Union leadership by Gary W Gallagher( )

8 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and held by 1,348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Notable Civil War historians herein continue the evaluation of select commanders begun in The First Day at Gettysburg: Essays on Confederate and Union Leadership. Based on fresh manuscript sources and careful consideration of existing literature, the essays in The Second Day at Gettysburg explore such controversial issues as Robert E. Lee's decision to renew the tactical offensive on July 2; James Longstreet's effectiveness in executing Lee's plan; the origin and impact of Daniel E. Sickles's decision to advance his Third Corps, which formed the infamous "Sickles's Salient"; the little-understood role of Henry W. Slocum and his Union Twelfth Corps; and the contribution of John C. Caldwell's division in the maelstrom of the Wheatfield. These provocative essays present new evidence and sometimes controversial interpretations that will prompt reevaluation of several officers who played crucial roles during the second day of the Gettysburg campaign."--Jacket
The Library of Congress Civil War desk reference by Margaret E Wagner( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 1,272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the home of The Nation's Memory comes the ultimate one-volume reference on the Civil War. Features include a timeline of the war with important political, military, and social events; biographies of important figures; and concise coverage of major campaigns and battles. 100 photos. 38 maps. The bloody conflict that sundered the United States from 1861 to 1865 took 620,000 lives, laid waste to large sections of the American South, and decided the future course of the nation. Its reverberations are still felt in American life. Now from the home of The Nation's Memory comes The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference. Drawn from the Library's unparalleled Civil War collections-including previously unpublished letters and diaries, maps and photographs, as well as thousands of works by post-Civil War scholars and experts-this is the ultimate one-volume reference on the Civil War. A comprehensive yet accessible compendium, The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference is organized into chapters that address broad themes such as Antebellum America, Wartime Politics, Armies, and Reconstruction and Aftermath of the War. Each of these chapters includes more specific topics, such as The Election of 1860, Notable Civil War Officers, and African Americans During Reconstruction. There are timelines that chronicle major events, brief profiles of significant people, and excerpts from key pieces of legislation and addresses that reflect the passions and politics of the times. Here readers can find, for example, detailed information on the arms used on both sides during the Civil War in the Weaponry chapter. And descriptions of significant battles, as well as information on casualties, military strategy and tactics, and logistical support, are to be found in the Battles and the Battlefield chapter. Topics ranging from economic conditions north and south of the Mason-Dixon line on the eve of the war to the history of slavery in the United States to the impact of the Civil War on literature and the fine arts give additional depth and context to the book's presentation of Civil War events. The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference also looks beyond the major events and figures and examines the lives of the common soldiers (from their diet, training, and medical treatment to the struggles of the Union's black soldiers), the various roles women played in the war, and telling events on the home fronts. Along with the words of writers such as Walt Whitman and Herman Melville, readers will find excerpts from the journals and letters of nurses, soldiers, refugees and freedmen. A final chapter offers a guide to further study of the Civil War-including information about major archival collections, important published resources, and national historic sites-for those who wish to learn more. Prodigious in its scope, illustrated with more than 100 photographs and drawings and dozens of maps, The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference is sure to become the indispensable one-volume reference on the Civil War. Wagner's (Library of Congress), Gallagher's (history, U. of Virginia), and Finkelman's (law, U. of Tulsa) guide is organized thematically into 13 main chapters, each further divided into several topics. A detailed table of contents and 38-page subject index make this an easy text to use. It is also unique in its inclusion of subjects generally absent in other works, such as the contributions of topographical engineers and mapmakers, and developments in surgery and medical care. Illustrated with some 100 photographs, drawings and maps, this academic text is accessible to general readers interested in American history and the Civil War
Stephen Dodson Ramseur, Lee's gallant general by Gary W Gallagher( )

8 editions published between 1985 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephen Dodson Ramseur, born in Lincolnton, North Carolina in 1837, compiled an enviable record as a brigadier in the Army of Northern Virginia. Commissioned major general the day after his 27th birthday, he was the youngest West Pointer to achieve that rank in the Confederate army. He later showed great skill as a divisional leader in the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaigns before he was fatally wounded at Cedar Creek on October 19th of that year. Based on Ramseur's extensive personal papers as well as on other sources, this absorbing biography examines the life of one of the south's most talented commanders and brings into sharper focus some of the crosscurrents of this turbulent period
The Spotsylvania campaign by Gary W Gallagher( )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 1,262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Approaching topics related to Spotsylvania from a variety of perspectives, the contributors to this volume explore questions regarding high command, tactics and strategy, the impact of fighting on officers and soldiers in both armies, and the ways in which some participants chose to remember and interpret the campaign. The authors draw on previously untapped manuscript sources and reinterpret more familiar ones, sometimes focusing closely on Spotsylvania and sometimes using it as a point of departure from which to consider broader issues. Readers will find insights into the decisions and behavior of Robert E. Lee and of Federal army leaders, the fullest descriptions to date of the horrific fighting at the "Bloody Angle" on May 12 and of "Jeb" Stuart's response to Philip H. Sheridan's cavalry raid toward Richmond, a careful analysis of how constant campaigning punctuated by brutal combat affected the military efficiency of the two armies, an examination of the ways in which one New Jersey regiment's postwar recollections of Spotsylvania differed from wartime reality, and a revealing look at how Grant used his memoirs to offset Lost Cause interpretations of his actions at Spotsylvania and elsewhere in the Overland Campaign
Fighting for the Confederacy : the personal recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander by Edward Porter Alexander( Book )

9 editions published between 1989 and 2000 in English and held by 1,247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published by UNC Press in 1989, Porter Alexander's Fighting for the Confederacy is now considered one of the richest personal accounts of the Civil War. Intended for family and intimate friends, it is an insider's candid and evocative assessment of people and events
Becoming Confederates : paths to a new national loyalty by Gary W Gallagher( )

11 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Becoming Confederates, Gary W. Gallagher explores loyalty in the era of the Civil War, focusing on Robert E. Lee, Stephen Dodson Ramseur, and Jubal A. Early-three prominent officers in the Army of Northern Virginia who became ardent Confederate nationalists. Loyalty was tested and proved in many ways leading up to and during the war. Looking at levels of allegiance to their native state, to the slaveholding South, to the United States, and to the Confederacy, Gallagher shows how these men represent responses to the mid-nineteenthcentury crisis. Lee traditionally has been presented as a rel
A political nation : new directions in mid-nineteenth-century American political history by Rachel A Shelden( )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This impressive collection joins the recent outpouring of exciting new work on American politics and political actors in the mid-nineteenth century. For several generations, much of the scholarship on the political history of the period from 1840 to 1877 has carried a theme of failure; after all, politicians in the antebellum years failed to prevent war, and those of the Civil War and Reconstruction failed to take advantage of opportunities to remake the nation. Moving beyond these older debates, the essays in this volume ask new questions about mid-nineteenth-century American politics and politicians. In A Political Nation, the contributors address the dynamics of political parties and factions, illuminate the presence of consensus and conflict in American political life, and analyze elections, voters, and issues. In addition to examining the structures of the United States Congress, state and local governments, and other political organizations, this collection emphasizes political leaders--those who made policy, ran for office, influenced elections, and helped to shape American life from the early years of the Second Party System to the turbulent period of Reconstruction. The book moves chronologically, beginning with an antebellum focus on how political actors behaved within their cultural surroundings. The authors then use the critical role of language, rhetoric, and ideology in mid-nineteenth-century political culture as a lens through which to reevaluate the secession crisis. The collection closes with an examination of cultural and institutional influences on politicians in the Civil War and Reconstruction years. Stressing the role of federalism in understanding American political behavior, A Political Nation underscores the vitality of scholarship on mid-nineteenth-century American politics."--Project Muse
The First day at Gettysburg : essays on Confederate and Union leadership by Gary W Gallagher( )

12 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 1,166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Battle of Gettysburg exerts a unique hold on the national imagination. Many writers have argued that it represented the turning point of the Civil War, after which Confederate fortunes moved inexorably toward defeat. Successive generations of historians have not exhausted the topic of leadership at Gettysburg, especially with regard to the first day of the battle. Often overshadowed by more famous events on the second and third days, the initial phase of the contest nevertheless offers the most interesting problems of leadership. In this collection of essays, the contributors examine several controversial aspects of leadership on that opening day including Lee's strategy and tactics, the conduct of Confederate corps commanders Richard S. Ewell and A.P. Hill, Oliver Otis Howard's role on the Union side, and a series of notable debacles among Lee's brigadiers. Drawing on a range of sources, the authors combine interpretation and fresh evidence that should challenge readers to reconsider their understanding of the vents of July 1, 1863. These provocative essays are sure to interest students of the battle, Civil War buffs, and military historians alike
Struggle for the Shenandoah : essays on the 1864 Valley Campaign by Stewart Bennett( )

5 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in English and held by 1,118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few geographical regions played a more critical role in the American Civil War than the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. At no time did the Valley loom larger on the military landscape than in the late summer and fall of 1864, when the armies of Jubal A. Early and Philip H. Sheridan waged their bitter struggle. The military and political stakes were immense. War on civilians first became policy on a theater-wide scale, and tactical operations ranged from guerrilla activity to the grand encounter at Cedar Creek. Without an appreciation of why the Shenandoah Valley became first a battleground and then a wasteland, it is impossible to understand fully the last year of the war. These essays seek to illuminate various facets of the 1864 Valley campaign. The authors question the relative importance of operations in the Shenandoah, the respective performances of Early and Sheridan, and the roles of Confederate guerrillas and cavalry. Often departing from conventional views and sometimes disagreeing with one another, the essays should spark further debate on one of the more important an dramatic military events of the conflict
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The Union war
Lee and his generals in war and memoryLee the soldierThe Union warCauses won, lost, and forgotten : how Hollywood & popular art shape what we know about the Civil WarCrucible of the Civil War : Virginia from secession to commemorationThe Confederate WarThe Third day at Gettysburg & beyondThe Antietam campaign
Alternative Names
Gallagher, Gary.

Gallagher, Gary W.

Gallagher, Gary W. 1950-

Gallagher, Gary W. (Gary William), 1950-

Gallagher, Gary William 1950-

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