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"an excellent series [that] should be in every Texas school!" -- Empire Books

About the Author

STEVEN E. WOODWORTH holds a Ph.D. from Rice University and is a Professor of History at Texas Christian University. He has received numerous awards including the Grady McWhiney Award presented by the Dallas Civil War Roundtable for lifetime achievement in Civil War history and preservation, the Society of Military History Distinguished Book Award, the Fletcher Pratt Award, and has had two books selected by the History Book Club as main selections. He is the author of numerous books, including This Grand Spectacle: The Battle of Chattanooga also from McWhiney Foundation Press. He can be reached for interview at S.Woodworth@tcu.edu.

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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Series: Civil War Campaigns and Commanders Series
  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: State House Press; First Edition edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886661103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886661103
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,092,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven E. Woodworth is a professor of history at Texas Christian University, and an acknowledged expert on the Civil War. He has written a number of well-received books on the topic, including Nothing But Victory. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By General Carlin on October 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book written by revisionist historian Woodworth is a somewhat detailed outline of the battle with a few scattered biographical sketches of the leading generals. This short monograph is more like a detailed pamphlet than a book. The information in this book can be found elsewhere and it adds little or nothing to the history of the battle. A Deep Steady Thunder might be useful as a brief overview of the battle but a quick internet search shows many other resources available for free. Unless purchasing this monograph used for a few dollars it's not worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Civil War Librarian on August 3, 2011
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A Deep and Steady Thunder: The Battle of Chickamaugua, Steven E. Woodworth, McWhiney Foundation Press,134 pp., order of battle, bibliography, index, 1996 and 2006,$11.95.

Steven Woodworth does a fine job of explaining one of the Civil War's most tactically complex battles. The Battle of Chickamauga, which was fought September 18-20 1863 fought, northern Georgia's dark forests with few farm clearings, includes a multitude of intentional and unintentional flanking attacks ordered by confused commanders with limited tactical control. It was a battle fought largely by brigades, regimental and company commanders. Chickamauga, though as important as Gettysburg, has not generated the wealth of campaign and battle studies. Glenn Tucker's Chickamauga, published during the Civil War centennial and Peter Cozzen's 1992 This Terrible Sound are the only two notable campaign and battle studies.

Woodworth has nicely crafted a concise, clear narrative for readers who are approaching the battle for the first or second time. Containing 21 short biographical descriptions and 13 maps, A Deep Steady Thunder moves from general staff to regimental levels in a quick fashion. Woodworth is direct in his criticism of Confederate commanders resistance to Bragg's sound and appropriate plans and Rosercans exhaustion induced confusion that is reminiscent of Jackson's Seven Days on the Peninsula in 1862. Woodworth's description of Longstreet as being arrogant, self-promoting and envious of Bragg's position seems to be a bit over the top. Another book from the McWhiney Press offers a heavy handed demolition of Longstreet during the Chickamauga, Chattanooga and Knoxville campaigns of 1863.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David W Calhoun (dwcalhoun2@mmm.com) on November 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
The author deals with Chickamauga at the division/brigade level. This makes it easy for the reader to follow this complex battle over the three days it was fought. My only compliant was the Confederate Order of Battle in the appendix. B. Johnson's Division is missing completely, which includes the brigades of Gregg, McNair and Fulton. A good introduction to a reader who knows little about this battle. The maps are very well done, and add an important tool in describing this complex battle.
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The Battle of Chickamauga was very confused as the action unfolded, with commanders often unable to keep track of or direct their various units. I have read nearly all books on this battle and find their accounts equally confusing as major movements of troops are mixed in with much detail and anecdote. After finishing these, I was left with poor understanding of the overall flow of the battle. The author of this book presents in clear, crisp prose the chronology and development of battle without elaboration and leaves the reader with an excellent, unambiguous framework that greatly facilitates understanding more complex works on Chickamauga. It is easy, fast-moving reading; I finished it in 2 sittings. I was impressed enough with the book that I have ordered 5 other books in this series; Vicksburg, 2nd Manassas, Pea Ridge, Antietam, and Wilderness. If they are equally well-written, I offer kudos to the publisher for clarity and simplicity. Since George Thomas is well-known by Civil War enthusiasts for his heroic stand on the second day and indeed his exemplary service throughout the entire War, the cursory treatment of his actions does not seriously detract from the work.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bob Redman on August 7, 2003
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Woodworth would have benefited from a visit to the Chickamauga visitor's center and a look at resident historian Jim Ogden's maps. He does not give Thomas proper credit for preventing disaster both before and during the battle, and, at the very end of the book, couldn't resist putting in a plug for the "quiet man, with an unassuming self-confidence...Ulysses S. Grant."
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