- Series: Great Campaigns of the Civil War
- Paperback: 262 pages
- Publisher: Bison Books; 1st edition (August 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803298137
- ISBN-13: 978-0803298132
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Six Armies in Tennessee: The Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns (Great Campaigns of the Civil War) Paperback – August 1, 1999
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A narrative history of crucial Civil War operations in the West after Grant's great victories at Vicksburg and Fort Donaldson in July 1863. Woodworth (History/Texas Christian Univ.) traces how several bloody campaigns, marked by serious blunders on both sides, helped seal the Confederacy's fate. The Union Army of the Cumberland, under the command of General William S. Rosecrans, a neurotic, slow-moving perfectionist, were under orders to seize Chattanooga, a city important both because it served as a Confederate rail center (and the area around it was a breadbasket for Confederate forces) and because it guarded the path to Atlanta and the deep South. Opposing Rosecrans was Braxton Bragg, in charge of the Army of Tennessee. Bragg was particularly unpopular, and his command was frequently hamstrung by dissension. The opposing armies, maneuvering in an immense mountainous and forested area, were intermittently crippled by a lack of intelligence and by the difficulty of moving large numbers of troops over inhospitable terrain. Woodworth offers some convincing portraits of Rosecrans, Bragg, and their officers, and catches with great clarity the nature of the deadly chess game the armies were engaged in. Rosecrans's errors led to a Union defeat at Chickamauga, costly for both sides, after which both armies were reinforced. General Longstreet joined Bragg, bringing elements of the Army of Northern Virginia, and deepening the professional jealousy that kept threatening to dissipate Confederate successes. Union forces were bolstered by the arrival of the armies of Grant, Sherman, and Sheridan, all talented, aggressive fighters. Pressured by Lincoln, the Union forces finally captured Chattanooga, inflicting another humiliating setback on the Confederates and opening up the path for Sherman's march to Atlanta and the sea. A fine analysis of strategic and tactical operations, stressing the influence of commanders on the success, or failure, of their armies, while not losing sight of the grim experience of war for frontline troops. (4 photos, 6 maps, 5 engravings, not seen) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I think the advice I recieved was good advice. This book is a very good book in providing a 10,000 foot view of the battles. It does not go into great depth as to units involved in the battles. However, I found the book easy to read and the writing to be very good. However, the one problem I have with the book, and why the 4 star rating, is that for someone like me who does not have a good grasp of the battles really need maps. This book is very much lacking in maps. This book does not need regiment level or even brigade level maps; corps level maps would do just fine given that this is an overview of the battles. I found it difficult at time to know where the various units were in relation to the field as a whole as well as their movements. Other than the map issue, I found this book to be a wonderful introduction in the confusing battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga.
If you are wanting to learn about these battles but have very little knowledge of them, like me, then this is a very good book to begin with. I was also told that after this introduction to read "Bushwacking on a Grand Scale" which is where I will moving to next.