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Murfreesboro in the Civil War (Tennessee) (The History Press) Paperback – March 16, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (March 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609494598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609494599
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The book covers Murfreesboro from the secession of Tennessee from the union to just after the end of the Civil War, just in time for the war's sesquicentennial." --The Daily News Journal

About the Author

Michael R. Bradley earned his PhD from Vanderbilt University and taught U.S. history for thirty-six years at Motlow College in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Now professor emeritus, he remains an active author and speaker. He has written a number of Civil War books, including Forrest's Fighting Preacher: David Campbell Kelley of Tennessee, also published by The History Press. Dr. Bradley is a life member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and is the immediate past commander of the Tennessee Division of SCV. He and his wife live in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

Shirley Farris Jones is a lifelong resident of Murfreesboro. She is a Civil War historian and community activist, retired from Middle Tennessee State University, where she had been a staff member for more than thirty years. Shirley is a former president of the Rutherford County Historical Society, the Rutherford County Chapter of the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities, the Friends of Stones River National Battlefield and the Martha Ready Morgan Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She was a founding member of the Middle Tennessee Civil War Round Table and is a member of several other historical and preservation-related organizations.

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Books from The History Press are often very hit or miss, and this book hit the target. Bradley presents the reader with an informed and insightful look at a small, prosperous Middle Tennessee community that found itself one of the major strategic points in Middle Tennessee, and therefore of the entire war. Nathan Bedford Forrest fought there twice (First and Third Murfreesboro); one of the war's bloodiest battles, Stones River, was fought there; and one of the war's greatest fortresses and supply depots, Fortress Rosecrans, was erected there. By looking at these happenings through the eyes of the ordinary citizens of Murfreesboro, the reader receives a very human and approachable look at the ravages of war.

The one thing I would caution the reader about is that the book is not a history of the aforementioned battles. The book is a history of a town and county at war, and not a history of the war as it was fought in the town and county. If that is what you want, the book will suit you just fine.
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