"Gallagher is at his best when dealing with military strategy, convincingly showing that Southern generals did the best they could. The hole at the center of this work is a reluctance to discuss the formative issue of slavery. While Gallagher often refers to it, he fails to grapple with its implications. readers will end up convinced that Southerners indeed fought hard for their nation, but will be unclear about they were so fired up to accomplish."Gary W. Gallagher is the author of 'The Confederate War', published 1999 under ISBN 9780674160569 and ISBN 0674160568.