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"Well-researched and enlightening, this book facilitates a more personal understanding of the campaign than traditional narratives by taking readers to the ground on which it took place. It also features an impressive compilation of the most valuable primary sources relevant to the campaign. [It] makes a solid addition to the considerable literature available on the subject, and is sure to stand as the definitive guide to the fighting north of Atlanta for years to come."—Georgia Historical Quarterly

"This is a worthwhile addition to the traveler's library. No other guidebook will provide you with this sort of detail in touring the sites from Rocky Face Ridge to Kennesaw Mountain."—Civil War News

"Like previous volumes in the series, this one provides clear directions that will enable readers to easily find locations in north Georgia associated with the campaign. At each stop, they will then find well-selected and well-edited excerpts from primary source documents that give a good sense of what happened in 1864. They will also appreciate the provision of sufficient maps to help them make their way around north Georgia and examine what happened."—Blue & Gray Magazine

"Experienced students of the Atlanta Campaign or those looking to travel to the actual campaign sites will benefit from this book. It is a nice change of pace from reading a straightforward campaign study and will serve battlefield stompers well in the rugged terrain of north Georgia."—TOCWOC-A Civil War Blog

"The most thorough, detailed, and accurate books of their kind. Indeed, they are unique. I have used them to lead guided tours of several battlefields, with great success."—James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom

"These guides bridge the gap between sound military history and battlefield touring literature. They can be enjoyed without ever leaving the easy chair or they can become indispensable companions on tramps over the scenes of the greatest engagements of the Civil War."—William C. Davis, author of Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour

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"These guides bridge the gap between sound military history and battlefield touring literature. They can be enjoyed without ever leaving the easy chair or they can become indispensable companions on tramps over the scenes of the greatest engagements of the Civil War."--William C. Davis, author of Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour

"The most thorough, detailed, and accurate books of their kind. Indeed, they are unique. I have used them to lead guided tours of several battlefields, with great success."--James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom

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Product Details

  • Series: U.S. Army War College Guides to Civil War Battles
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas (May 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700615709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700615704
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,236,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James W. Durney TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 13, 2008
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Each year a group of us drives from Tampa to Chickamauga. We always try to include one side trip to a Civil War site coming home. This book is going to be invaluable when planning these trips. The location of and directions to 20 sites associated with Sherman's Atlanta Campaign makes this easier and more fun. Most of cannot afford the personal guide with in-depth knowledge and the ability to explain the action to us. These books are that guide! This one starts in Ringgold and takes us South to Kennesaw Mountain. You will need this book to find a number of sites. It is very easy to get lost on the rural roads of the area and while I75 is the main landmark, it isn't always helpful.
This is an excellent addition to the series and continues the high quality that we expect. Once again, we have an invaluable book that is our personal guide.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 1, 2008
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This is one in the battlefield guides by the Army War College Guides to Civil War Battles series. The focus? The campaign from Rocky Face to Kennesaw Mountain, as Union General William Tecumseh Sherman and Confederate General Joseph Johnston jousted to outmaneuver and defeat the other. Shortly after this volume ends the narrative, General John Hood was named to replace Johnston, with not altogether salubrious results. . . .

As with others in the series, this begins with a brief Introduction to provide context. It concludes with an essay highlighting some key issues illustrated by the contest between the two armies and presenting the "Order of Battle," in which all units at the regimental level and above are identified, including the commanding officers of brigades, divisions, corps, and the army itself. The purpose of this volume as with others? The authors say that (Page xv): "This guide is designed to help you enjoy this experience with the Atlanta campaign. The stops are arranged to present the most important phases of the campaign as it developed. . . ." So, this is aimed as a guide for people to traverse the key places during the campaign and try to make sense of what they are viewing.

The campaign "officially" began on May 7th, 1864, as George Thomas and his Army of the Cumberland moved to take position in front of Buzzard Roost, a part of the Rocky Face Mountain defensive position that Johnston had developed. It ends with Sherman's flanking moves to drive Johnston from his formidable position at Kennesaw Mountain, from which he had inflicted heavy casualties on Sherman's forces after Sherman (at least in my view) unwisely chose to attack a powerful defensive position head on, with sanguinary results.
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By Dan L. Bennett on October 21, 2014
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Very detailed and very informative
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Klink on May 30, 2014
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Following William T Sherman's capture of Chattanooga......??????????????????

Did I miss something here or what? Perhaps this is an Alternative History?
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bryan James Ihrig on July 13, 2008
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The authors cover only the Atlanta campaign up to Kennesaw. The battles and sites around Atlanta are not covered. Can we expect another volume in the future?
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