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A Deep Steady Thunder: The Battle of Chickamauga (Civil War Campaigns and Commanders Series) Paperback – January 1, 1998

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,178,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This is an excellent brief summary for the casual reader or beginning researcher who wants to understand the Battle of Chickamauga. The story is highly relevant and nicely told. Something in the way Woodworth describes the infantry's maneuvering of guns up hills, tree limbs falling in the path of artillery movements, significant errors in battle formations and how they occurred (on both sides), and spontaneous bayonet charges (some out of necessity, some improperly ordered), seems to place the reader on the battlefield. Personal recollections from soldiers who were there are placed just where they are needed for insight. The book gave me a good grasp of the overall battle and a better understanding of why certain errors occurred. The biographical sketches are a quick, helpful go-to, but it's not a comprehensive reference. I agree with a previous reviewer that the author doesn't give enough credit to General Thomas for holding Horseshoe Ridge while others fled the field.
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