Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table

Education and Preservation


2018 Book Reviews

Under the Crescent Moon: With the XI Corps in the Civil War, Volume I.

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.

The Chickamauga Campaign: Glory or the Grave (vol. 2) and Barren Victory (vol. 3)

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.

The Overland Campaign of 1864

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.

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 →

Trapped in the Crossfire

   This is not just a story of the Civil War in North Alabama, it is a story about a family’s struggle to survive. Perry and Sara Williams, Christians branded abolitionists, choose the hardship and anticipation of migrating west to Sand Mountain, North Alabama to avoid the hostility resonating around their home in South Carolina only to be antagonized by southern patriots that steal their livelihood and men to fight a war they didn’t want.

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