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From a book review by Joseph A. Rose as seen at the Internet web site Strategy Page "Critical Episodes" of the American Civil war as discussed.
"Turning Points of the American Civil War" by Chris Mackowski and Kristopher D. White
"Critical Episodes of the Civil War"
volume in the Southern Illinois University Press series 'Engaging the
Civil War', Turning Points of the American Civil War consists of nine
essays by various scholars that examine 'turning points' in the American
Civil War, plus a commentary for each one by the editors"
Critical episodes [personalities also] as listed but I would think not hardly limited to:
* Battle of Ball's Bluff. The real significance of which can be read here.
* Emancipation Proclamation. Read the implementation of the proclamation and significance thereof here.
* John Bell Hood. A poor practitioner of the operational art. Wasted an entire army under his command.
* McClellan takes command of the Army of the Potomac. Undeniable organizational ability without peer.
* Death of General Albert Sidney Johnston. His battlefield death a setback for the Confederate cause.
* 1864 re-election of Lincoln. NO negotiated end to the war with the Confederacy still intact.
Additional "turning points" as discussed deal with the personalities of Grant and Lee the significance of which is not clear to me.
ASK NINE DIFFERENT AUTHORITIES TO LIST THEIR OWN NINE DIFFERENT "TURNING POINTS" AND YOU ARE GOING TO GET NINE DIFFERENT LISTS? MORE THAN LIKELY.