Houghton Most histories of the Civil War have largely ignored the issue of military intelligence. At the end of the war, most of the intelligence records disappeared, remaining hidden for over a century. This is the first book to examine the impact of intelligence on the Civil War, providing a new perspective on this period in history.
Baker & Taylor A former journalist and intelligence officer at the National Security Agency provides a definitive study of military intelligence during the Civil War, drawing on original, previously unknown sources to describe the various intelligence campaigns and their short- and long-term impact.
Blackwell North Amer Previous histories of the Civil War have explained victory or defeat in terms of the skill of commanders, the fighting qualities of the troops, and resources in men and materiel. Intelligence has been largely ignored, not because it wasn't critically important - Lincoln called it the most difficult problem faced by the Union - but because so little has been known about it. At the end of the war most of the intelligence records disappeared, and they remained hidden for almost a century, until Edwin Fishel uncovered them during the forty years of research that has resulted in this monumental book. The Secret War for the Union is unique among Civil War histories in its reliance on original, previously unknown sources. It is the first book to examine in detail the impact of intelligence, and this intelligence explanation alters, sometimes radically, history's understanding of virtually every campaign. Both enthralling and authoritative, The Secret War for the Union is one of the most important books ever published about the Civil War.
Baker & Taylor Examines military intelligence during the Civil War, drawing on original sources to describe the various intelligence campaigns