Dr. Mark A. Lause, is Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati and is the author of numerous other books.
Lause’s account of the Missouri Campaign of
1864 brings new understanding of the two distinct phases of the campaign, as
based upon declared strategic goals. Additionally, as the author reveals the
clear connection between the military campaign and the outcome of the election,
he successfully tests the efforts of new military historians to integrate
political, economic, social, and cultural history into the study of warfare. In
showing how both sides during Sterling’s Raid used self-serving fictions to
provide a rationale for their politically motivated brutality and were unwilling
to risk defeat, Lause reveals the underlying nature of the American Civil War
as a modern war.