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Wert, Jeffry D.

Overview
Works: 29 works in 110 publications in 1 language and 10,595 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Personal narratives  Personal narratives‚Ä°vConfederate 
Roles: Author, Speaker
Classifications: E470.2, B
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Most widely held works by Jeffry D Wert
Custer : the controversial life of George Armstrong Custer by Jeffry D Wert( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 1,605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Study of the life of George Armstrong Custer, examining his role in the Civil War and the postwar decade, looking at his romance and marriage to his devoted wife Libbie, and discussing the disasterous battle at Little Big Horn
General James Longstreet : the Confederacy's most controversial soldier : a biography by Jeffry D Wert( Book )

15 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in English and held by 1,504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

General James Longstreet was Lee's senior lieutenant in the Army of Northern Virginia and the general whose conduct at the Battle of Gettysburg remains a topic of heated debate more than 130 years later. Longstreet first saw action in the Mexican War. He joined the Confederacy soon after the Civil War began and fought in nearly every campaign of Lee's army as well as in a major campaign in the Western theater. He led troops from the brigade to the corps level, at First and Second Manassas, Seven Pines, Seven Days, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Petersburg. He scored a decisive victory at Chickamauga. And at war's end he stood alongside Lee at the surrender ceremony at Appomattox. Longstreet led the First Corps under Lee, outranking the better-known commander of the Second Corps, Stonewall Jackson. "Old Pete," as his soldiers called him, was a superb battlefield commander with great tactical skill. But he has long been blamed, especially in the South, for the crucial Confederate defeat at Gettysburg. Jeffry Wert argues that Longstreet opposed Lee's ill-fated frontal assault on July 3 and that, had Lee followed Longstreet's advice to take a more defensive posture, the battle might have turned out differently. After the war, Longstreet joined the Republican Party and became a political apostate in the South during the Reconstruction era. When he died in relative obscurity in 1904, only his old soldiers remembered him. This is the first full-scale biography of Longstreet in forty years, and it returns him to his position of central importance in the Civil War. Jeffry D. Wert's extensive research included unpublished memoirs, diaries, and letters from several archives
Mosby's Rangers by Jeffry D Wert( Book )

6 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in English and held by 1,500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1863, John Singleton Mosby and his band of irregulars, recruited in Union-occupied northern Virginia, began raiding Yankee outposts, wagon trains, troop detachments, headquarters and railroad lines. Their most celebrated exploit: capturing a Union general behind enemy lines without firing a shot. After each sortie, the Confederate guerrillas would hide in "safe houses" provided by the citizens of two northern Virginia counties. Mosby was captured once (and exchanged) and wounded several times, but continued to plan and personally lead guerrilla raids throughout the final two years of the war. Wert (from Winchester to Cedar Creek) has written the first comprehensive study of Mosby's Rangers and offers new material about its organization, membership and tactics, plus biographical information about Mosby himself. He reveals that the partisan band rarely exceeded 200, that a large percentage of them were teenagers, that the civilians who sheltered them paid a high price in Yankee retribution
The sword of Lincoln : the Army of the Potomac by Jeffry D Wert( Book )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 1,009 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An authoritative history of the Army of the Potomac's contributions to the Civil War draws on previously unpublished sources to document such events as their defeat at Bull Run, their victory at Gettysburg, and the leadership changes that directly influenced their effectiveness. By the author of Gettysburg: Day Three. The Sword of Lincoln is the first authoritative single-volume history of the Army of the Potomac in many years. From Bull Run to Gettysburg to Appomattox, the Army of the Potomac repeatedly fought -- and eventually defeated -- Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia. Jeffry D. Wert, one of our finest Civil War historians, brings to life the battles, the generals, and the common soldiers who fought for the Union and ultimately prevailed. The obligation throughout the Civil War to defend the capital, Washington, D.C., infused a defensive mentality in the soldiers of the Army of the Potomac. They began ignominiously with defeat at Bull Run. Suffering under a succession of flawed commanders -- McClellan, Burnside, and Hooker -- they endured a string of losses until at last they won a decisive battle at Gettysburg under a brand-new commander, General George Meade. Within a year, the Army of the Potomac would come under the overall leadership of the Union's new general-in-chief, Ulysses S. Grant. Under Grant, the army marched through the Virginia countryside, stalking Lee and finally trapping him and the remnants of his army at Appomattox. Wert takes us into the heart of the action with the ordinary soldiers of the Irish Brigade, the Iron Brigade, the Excelsior Brigade, and other units, contrasting their experiences with those of their Confederate adversaries. He draws on letters and diaries, some of them previously unpublished, to show us what army life was like. Throughout his history, Wert shows how Lincoln carefully oversaw the operations of the Army of the Potomac, learning as the war progressed, until he found in Grant the commander he'd long sought. With a swiftly moving narrative style and perceptive analysis, The Sword of Lincoln is destined to become the modern account of the army that was so central to the history of the Civil War
Gettysburg, day three by Jeffry D Wert( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 969 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gettysburg, Day Three draws on hundreds of sources, including more than 400 manuscript collections, to provide the most comprehensive account ever of the crucial day of the Civil War's greatest battle. Brief excerpts from letters and diaries of soldiers on both sides bring to life the voices of the men who fought this terrible battle."--Dust jacket
Cavalryman of the lost cause : a biography of J.E.B. Stuart by Jeffry D Wert( Book )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 961 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cavalryman of the Lost Cause is the first major biography in decades of the famous Confederate general J.E.B. Stuart. Based on research in manuscript collections, personal memoirs and reminiscences, and regimental histories, this comprehensive volume reflects outstanding Civil War scholarship. James Ewell Brown Stuart was the premier cavalry commander of the Confederacy. He gained a reputation for daring early in the war when he rode around the Union army in the Peninsula Campaign, providing valuable intelligence to General Robert E. Lee at the expense of Union commander George B. McClellan. Stuart has long been controversial because of his performance in the critical Gettysburg Campaign, where he was out of touch with Lee for several days; this left Lee uncertain about the size and movement of the Union army, information that would prove decisive when the battle began. In an engagement with the cavalry of Union general Philip Sheridan in spring 1864, Stuart was killed. He was only thirty-one. Jeffry D. Wert provides new details about Stuart's childhood and youth, and he draws on letters between Stuart and his wife, Flora, to show us the man as he was: eager for glory, daring sometimes to the point of recklessness, but a devoted and loving husband and father. Stuart has long been regarded as the finest Confederate cavalryman and one of the best this country has ever produced. Wert shows how Stuart's friendship with Stonewall Jackson and his relationship with Lee were crucial; at the same time Stuart's relationships with his subordinates were complicated and sometimes troubled. Cavalryman of the Lost Cause is a riveting biography of a towering figure of the Civil War, a fascinating and colorful work by one of our finest Civil War historians
A brotherhood of valor : the common soldiers of the Stonewall Brigade, C.S.A., and the Iron Brigade, U.S.A. by Jeffry D Wert( Book )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the experiences of the men who fought in the Stonewall Brigade of the Confederacy and the Iron Brigade of the Union during the Civil War
A glorious army : Robert E. Lee's triumph, 1862-1863 by Jeffry D Wert( Book )

6 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the history of the Army of Northern Virginia from when Robert E. Lee took command in 1862 until the battle of Gettysburg thirteen months later, considering the reasons for its success during this period, and for its eventual defeat
From Winchester to Cedar Creek : the Shenandoah Campaign of 1864 by Jeffry D Wert( Book )

8 editions published between 1987 and 2010 in English and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The summer of 1864, the fourth in a long conflict, brought little promise of resolution in this War Between the States. A crippled South resolutely continued to resist in spite of defeats at Gettysburg, Vicksburg and Chattanooga. In the t summer the focus again turned to the Strategic Shenandoah Valley where the vital food supplies of the Confederacyt were situated. Jeffry D. Wert's book is a uniquely complete and fully-documented account of the campaign
Struggle for the Shenandoah : essays on the 1864 Valley Campaign by Gary W Gallagher( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 388 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
Cavalryman of the lost cause : a biography of J.E.B. Stuart by Jeffry D Wert( Recording )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of the controversial Confederate general describes his military contributions, contentious relationships with his staff and subordinates, and battlefield death at the age of thirty-one
Custer : [the controversial life of George Armstrong Custer] by Jeffry D Wert( Recording )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mr. Wert strips away layers of myth to reveal a remarkable portrait of this complicated and troubled figure
A brotherhood of valor : [the common soldiers of the Stonewall Brigade, C.S.A., and the Iron Brigade, U.S.A.] by Jeffry D Wert( Recording )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A brotherhood of valor is the story of the men who served in two of the most famous combat units of the Civil War, the Stonewall Brigade of the Confederacy and the Iron Brigade of the Union. They fought in some of the most famous and bloody engagements of the war, from First and Second Manassas (Bull Run) to Sharpsburg (Antietam), Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg
Mosby's rangers by Jeffry D Wert( Recording )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An elite Civil War guerilla unit, hated by Grant, loved by the Southerners. Little-known and exciting history
Gettysburg, day three by Jeffry D Wert( Recording )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

General James Longstreet by Jeffry D Wert( Recording )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Longstreet: Confederate hero or goat? Author says "Old Pete" was the best commander on either side, despite his post-war Union coziness
A glorious army : Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia from the Seven Days to Gettysburg by Jeffry D Wert( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Valley campaign of 1862 by Jeffry D Wert( )

2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lee's old war-horse by Jeffry D Wert( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Sandie Pendleton : Stonewall Jackson's aide by Jeffry D Wert( )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Custer : the controversial life of George Armstrong Custer
Alternative Names
Jeffry D. Wert American historian

Jeffry D. Wert Amerikaans historicus

Jeffry D. Wert historiador estadounidense

Wert, Jeffry D.

Wert, Jeffry D. 1946-

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General James Longstreet : the Confederacy's most controversial soldier : a biographyMosby's RangersThe sword of Lincoln : the Army of the PotomacGettysburg, day threeCavalryman of the lost cause : a biography of J.E.B. StuartA brotherhood of valor : the common soldiers of the Stonewall Brigade, C.S.A., and the Iron Brigade, U.S.A.A glorious army : Robert E. Lee's triumph, 1862-1863From Winchester to Cedar Creek : the Shenandoah Campaign of 1864