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Gateway to the Confederacy: New Perspectives on the Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns, 1862-1863 Hardcover – May 12, 2014

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NAMED AMONG "THE BEST CIVIL WAR BOOKS OF 2014" BY CIVIL WAR MONITOR MAGAZINE

"Gateway to the Confederacy features some of the best essays on one of the most crucial Civil War battles."
            --William W. Freehling, Senior Fellow, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Bancroft Prize-winning author of Prelude to Civil War: The Nullification Controversy in South Carolina, 1816-1836


"This remarkable collection shows Civil War studies at its best. The freshness and range of the topics addressed here remind us that we have only begun to comprehend even the most important aspects of the conflict. The essays in Gateway to the Confederacy prove that the Chickamauga and Chattanooga campaigns played pivotal roles in crucial dimensions of the war, then and for generations to follow."
            --Edward L. Ayers, President, University of Richmond, Bancroft Prize-winning author of In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859-1863


"Editors Evan C. Jones and Wiley Sword have assembled an impressive cast of historians. . . . The authors consider critical tactical decisions without losing sight of the soldiers themselves, who struggled to depict the helter-skelter of battle. In 1895 when the Union and Confederate survivors rallied together for a national reunion, they again found Chickamauga to be a confusing place. As much as the veterans proclaimed reconciliation, this superb volume concludes that too much blood had been sacrificed for anyone to simply forgive and forget."
      --Peter S. Carmichael, Gettysburg College

"Gateway to the Confederacy . . . illuminates many facets of the battle and its context as well as some of the ways in which it was remembered. The essays complement one another splendidly and underscore the rich potential for analysis and narrative inherent in major Civil War military operations."
            --Gary W. Gallagher, Professor, University of Virginia, Tom Watson Brown Prize-winning author of The Union War


"Gateway to the Confederacy is simply one of the strongest Civil War anthologies I have had the pleasure of reading. It instantly takes its place among the most important works produced on the war in the Southern heartland."
            --A. Wilson Green, Executive Director, The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, author of Civil War Petersburg: Confederate City in the Crucible of War

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"Chickamauga ranked second only to Gettysburg among the Civil War's great effusions of blood, yet it has received only a fraction as much attention from historians. Gateway to the Confederacy helps redress this striking imbalance, illuminating many facets of the battle and its context as well as some of the ways in which it was remembered. The essays complement one another splendidly and underscore the rich potential for analysis and narrative inherent in major Civil War military operations." -- Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Union War

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: LSU Press (May 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807155098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807155097
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Throughout the battles and campaigns of the Civil War which are studies, much attention is given to the battlefield of Gettysburg. A fact like this pointed out many times in the introduction of this collection of essays on Chickamauga and Chattanooga. Even before the creation of the Gettysburg National Military Park, these battlefields are more well preserved and more established than any other battlefield in the country. While not as written about as Gettysburg, this campaign has been ignored in the wake of Gettysburg and Vicksburg, Chickamauga and Chattanooga are treated with distinction in this incredible collection of essays.

The two editors of the collection, Evan C. Jones and Wiley Sword, both contributed essays to the work and are no strangers of these battlefields. Evan C. Jones is a former National Park ranger who has spent a good amount of time at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park along with many other battlefields from the Civil War. Wiley Sword is an accomplished author and historian who has devoted his career to these campaigns. The other authors of this work include Russell S. Bonds, David A. Powell, Gerald J. Prokopowicz, William Glenn Robertson, Craig L. Symonds, Stephen Cushman and Caroline E. Janney. All of their contributions to this work have a short biography within the body of the book.

Gateway to the Confederacy is an important work for many reasons. First and foremost, it is a great introduction to the campaigns of Chickamauga and Chattanooga in both the years of 1862 and 1863. One essay talks about the 1862 campaign of Chattanooga which most people tend to forget about.
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Evan C. Jones and Wiley Sword have put together a master work on the battles around Chattanooga. Having first visited the Chickamauga Battlefield when only ten years old, I still visit there more than once annually, and have been on three tours this year alone. I have read everything that has been printed on this area over the years. I was excited to see this volume and couldn’t wait to jump in. I was delighted to see that Chickamauga/Chattanooga NPS Historian Jim Ogden was in involved.

In addition to a wonderful introduction, the volume is made up of essays from 10 leading historians. Each brings his research and new insight into the gateway to the Atlanta Campaign. I highly recommend this as the best volume I have found, Gateway to the Confederacy should be in every Civil War enthusiasts book shelf.
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Each chapter in this book provides superb new insights into a variety of components of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga campaigns. Every reader will better understand how Sherman's march to the sea really began with these battles. This is one of those rare collections where each contributor provides valuable new material and perspectives leaving the reader with a much enhanced understanding of not only these campaigns, but the men and issues of the Civil War in general.
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