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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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--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."
"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
--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
"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(Gary W. Gallagher)
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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.Read more ›
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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Excellent additional perspectives to the battles of Chickamauga ans Chatanooga.Published 2 months ago by WALTER J KOCHER JR
Every Civil War aficionado should have Gateway to the Confederacy in his or her library for one compelling reason, viz. the essay by the editor, Evan C. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dr. Dave in Fresno