Much Embarrassed: American Civil War Intelligence and the Gettysburg Campaign, George Donne, Helion and Company, 172 pages, 4 maps, 50 b/w illustrations, 3 color illustrations, $49.95.
From the Publisher: Before the first shots were fired at Gettysburg - for many, the most
significant engagement of the American Civil War - a private battle had
been raging for weeks. As the Confederate Army marched into Union
territory, the Federal Forces desperately sought to hunt them down
before they struck at any of the great cities of the North. Whoever
could secure accurate information on their opponent would have a
decisive advantage once the fighting started.
When the two armies
finally met on the morning of 1 July 1863 their understanding of the
prevailing situation could not have been more different. While the Rebel
Third Corps was expecting to brush away a group of local militia
guarding the town, the Federal I Corps was preparing itself for a major
battle. For three brutal days, the Rebel Army smashed at the Union
troops, without success. The illustrious Confederate General Robert E.
Lee would lose a third of his army and the tide of the rebellion would
begin its retreat. Robert Lee himself would begin the argument on the
contribution of military intelligence to his defeat by seeking to blame
Generations of historians would debate into what factors
played a decisive role, but no one has sought to explore the root of how
the most able General of his era could have left himself so vulnerable
at the climax of such a vital operation. Much Embarrassed
investigates how the Confederate and Union military intelligence systems
had been sculpted by the preceding events of the war and how this led
to the final outcome of the Gettysburg Campaign. While the success of
the Confederate strategy nurtured a fundamental flaw in their
appreciation of intelligence, recurrent defeat led the Federal Army to
develop one of the most advanced intelligence structures in history.
Lee was right to highlight the importance of military intelligence to
his failure at Gettysburg, but he would never appreciate that the seeds of his defeat had been sown long before.
George Donne was born in Guildford, Surrey and was educated at the Royal
Grammar School before completing a Batchelor of Arts in Classics at the
University of Durham.
CWL: Much Embarrassed is from a UK publisher. Helion & Company has it ready to ship from the UK. Casemate Publishing, a US distributor of Helion & Company books states that copies will ship in November. Amazon.com lists a December release date.