Alabama and the Civil War: A History & Guide, by Robert C. Jones, The History Press, Charleston, South Carolina, 192 pages, $14.26, 2017. Review by Arley McCormick The book should have another subtitle; South of the Tennessee River. But, even... Continue Reading →
General Grant and the Rewriting of History, Frank P. Varney, Savas Beatie, El Dorado Hills, California, 2018, $19.95. Review by Edward Kennedy While revisionist history generally has pejorative connotations, General Grant and the Rewriting of History by Dr. Varney is... Continue Reading →
Confederate Courage on Other Fields: Overlooked Episodes of Leadership, Cruelty, Character, and Kindness. Mark J. Crawford, Savas Beatie, LLC, El Dorado Hills, California. 2017, 177 pages, $18.95. Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table Review by Edwin L. Kennedy, Jr ... Continue Reading →
Challenges of Command in the Civil War: Volume One, Generals and Generalship, By Richard J. Sommers, Savas Beatie Publishers, 2018, Reviewed by David Lady, President; Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table. Richard Sommers’ fame as a historian rests on forty... Continue Reading →
A Vast Sea of Misery, A History and Guide to the Union and Confederate Field Hospitals at Gettysburg, July 1 – November 20, 1863, by Gregory A. Coco, El Dorado Hills: Savas Beatie LLC, 2017, a Tennessee Valley Civil War... Continue Reading →
Author Larry Tagg introduces the General Officer leadership in the Army of the Tennessee, the Army of Ohio, and the Army of the Mississippi in the context of the Battle at Shiloh. General Ulysses Grant, General Don Carlos Buell, General Albert Sidney Johnston, General P.G.T. Beauregard, General Braxton Bragg, General Leonidas Polk were mostly inexperienced commanders of large formations in battle. But, what of the other Generals that fought?
Under the Crescent Moon is the first volume of a history of the famous, or infamous, Union army corps that somewhat unfairly received the blame for the collapse of Union lines at Chancellorsville and during Gettysburg’s first day. The purpose of the author is clear: remove the stain associated with the corps by blaming its commander O. O. Howard and anti-German (“Dutch”) prejudice for its sullied reputation.
Author David Powell has completed the second and third volumes in what is considered the best in-depth study of the Chickamauga Campaign. These are The Chickamauga Campaign: Glory or the Grave, and The Chickamauga Campaign: Barren Victory. Powell’s magnificent study fully explores the battle from all perspectives and is based upon over fifteen years of intensive study and research that has uncovered nearly 2,000 primary sources from generals to private, all stitched together to relate the remarkable story that was Chickamauga. Using a plethora of first-hand accounts and regimental studies, many of which have never been heard of or read about, Powell takes the reader on a journey into the soldier’s lives and actions during their time in Tennessee and Georgia in 1863.
As described by Gordon Rhea in the Spring 2014 issue of Hallowed Ground, “The Overland Campaign, some 40-odd days of maneuver and combat between the Rapidan and James Rivers, pitted the Civil War’s premier generals — Lt. Gen Ulysses S. Grant for the Union, and Gen. Robert E. Lee for the Confederacy — against one another in a grueling contest of endurance and guile.” A native of East Tennessee with a BA in history with honors from Indiana University, an MA in American History from Harvard University, and a JD from Stanford University Law School, and currently a practicing attorney, Rhea wrote a series of five books that currently serve as the definitive account of that campaign. Each of the books were published by the Louisiana State University Press in Baton Rouge, LA. Here is a guest review of the series by a friend of the TVCWRT, John Howard Oxley, “with [his] reactions and conclusions”.
The Battles and Campaigns of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, 1861-1865. Brig. Gen. (ret.) John Scales. Reviewed by David Lady, Tennessee Valley Civil War Roundtable We are a most favored Round Table, to have as one of our members a... Continue Reading →