The Military Legacy of the Civil War

The European Inheritance

Jay Luvaas

This pioneering study focuses on the experiences and writings of the surprisingly large number of Prussian, British, and French military observers who witnessed the Civil War firsthand. Luvaas's fascinating account reveals why they came, what they wrote, what their armies learned (or failed to learn) from their reports, and how their writings influenced later European military theorists.

For this edition, Luvaas has added a thoughtful introduction that analyzes why some "military lessons" are learned and others ignored and examines the extent to which such lessons can be applied to subsequent conflicts.

“Far and away the best investigation and analysis of the impact of the American Civil War on European military thought and military history.”

—Russell F. Weigley, author of The American Way of War

“A wonderfully original work.”

—Stephen B. Oates, author of Abraham Lincoln

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