Civil War Talk Radio: December 10, 2004

Air Date: 121004
Subject: Winning and Losing in the Civil War
Book: Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 & Articles of War: Winners, Losers, and Some Who Were Both During the Civil War
Guest: Albert Castel
Summary: Albert Castel, author of the award-winning Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864, challenges some widely held beliefs about the war
Brett’s Summary: Initially, the talk was focused on the various military leaders in the North, but it moved to Sherman. Castel has a less than complimentary view of Sherman, one which he came to while working on Decision in the West. He believed Sherman to have been cautious and a poor tactician who was bailed out many times by Grant and Halleck, both his friends (though not necessarily friends with each other). He further believes that George Thomas would have done a much better job had he been in charge of the Atlanta Campaign.
Civil War Talk Radio airs most Fridays at 12 PM Pacific on World Talk Radio Studio A. Host Gerry Prokopowicz, the History Chair at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, interviews a guest each week and discusses their interest in the Civil War. Most interviews center around a book or books if the guest is an author. Other guests over the years have included public Historians such as park rangers and museum curators,wargamers, bloggers, and even a member of an American Civil War Round Table located in London, England.
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