A review of The Myth of the Lost Cause: Why the South Fought the Civil War and Why the North Won (Regnery History, 2015 ) by Edward Bonekemper
The late Edward H. Bonekemper III had a bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College and a master’s degree in American history from Old Dominion University. He also had a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. He retired as a federal government attorney after 34 years and retired as a Coast Guard Reserve Commander (Homeland Security). Now that you know this about him, this book may not surprise you. He presents it from the view of a prosecuting attorney for the Union and has the view of a field grade naval officer rather than a flag infantry officer. He is right in some places (South could have won) and wrong in others (Longstreet caused the Gettysburg loss). The problem is his opinions are based on the opinions of others, whom he quotes at some length to reinforce his views.
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