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Fort Donelson's Legacy: War and Society in Kentucky and Tennessee, 1862-1863 Hardcover – May 1, 1997

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The second volume of a projected trilogy on the Civil War in Kentucky and Tennessee begins with the February 1862 Union capture of Forts Henry and Donelson, which opened the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers to the Union and permitted advances into the two border states even when Confederate cavalry prevented use of the railroads. Military operations divided the Kentuckians and Tennesseeans still further into Unionist and secessionist camps, however, and Confederate raiders and Union retaliations became a vicious cycle distinguished by increasingly destructive repression and confiscation. By the time an official Union policy of freeing (and in some cases arming) slaves emerged, both states were largely wrecked economically, and countless local feuds were taking a steady toll, even in areas in which the armies were not operating. To cover military operations, economic and social consequences, and the political background alike, Cooling has written a long, dense book, daunting to neophyte buffs but a treasure trove for serious Civil War students. Roland Green


"Cooling is well able to do what is sometimes termed 'the new military history.' Broad in context and often interdisciplinary, it is vastly more sophisticated, useful, and informative than what I suppose must be now rightly called 'the old military history' done in prior decades."—Herman Hattaway, coauthor of How the North Won and Why the South Lost the Civil War
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: University of Tennessee Press; 1st edition (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870499491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870499494
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,756,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An important study by the foremost scholar of the war in TENN and KY, and respected scholar in all areas of Civil War research; I was looking foreward to reading this, but had trouble .The writing seems oddly disjointed. Whille not a topical study, the narrative bounces around between viewpoints and subjects making it hard to follow. This isn't as good as the author's book on Ft.Donelson, to which this work is a sequel.
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