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Overview

When the Confederates emerged as victors in the Chickamauga Campaign, the Union Army of the Cumberland lay under siege in Chattanooga, with Braxton Bragg’s Army of Tennessee on nearby high ground at Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain. A win at Chattanooga was essential for the Confederates, both to capitalize on the victory at Chickamauga and to keep control of the gateway to the lower South. Should the Federal troops wrest control of that linchpin, they would cement their control of eastern Tennessee and gain access to the Deep South. In the fall 1863 Chattanooga Campaign, the new head of the western Union armies, Ulysses S. Grant, sought to break the Confederate siege. His success created the opportunity for the Union to start a campaign to capture Atlanta the following spring.

Woodworth’s introduction sets the stage for ten insightful essays that provide new analysis of this crucial campaign. From the Battle of Wauhatchie to the Battle of Chattanooga, the contributors’  well-researched and vividly written assessments of both Union and Confederate actions offer a balanced discussion of the complex nature of the campaign and its aftermath. Other essays give fascinating  examinations of the reactions to the campaign in northern newspapers and by Confederate soldiers from west of the Mississippi River.

Complete with maps and photos, The Chattanooga Campaign contains a wealth of detailed information about the military, social, and political aspects of the campaign and contributes significantly to our  understanding of the Civil War’s western theater.

Univeristy Press Books for Public and Secondary Schools 2013 edition

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809331208
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 08/29/2012
Series: Civil War Campaigns in the West
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 226
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Steven E. Woodworth, a professor of history at Texas Christian University, is the author or editor of thirty books, including The Shiloh Campaign, The Chickamauga Campaign, and Nothing but Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861–1865.

Charles D. Grear, an assistant professor of history at Prairie View A&M University and a new coeditor of the series, has written five books, including Why Texans Fought in the Civil War and The House Divided: America in the Era of the Civil War.

Table of Contents

Cover Jacket flaps Title page Copyright Contents Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction 1. A Perfect Storm of Ineffectiveness: The First Corps and the Loss of Lookout Mountain 2. “Lookout Mountain Frowned Down upon Us”: The Union Army and the Struggle for Lookout Valley 3. “The Very Ground Seemed Alive”: Sherman’s Assault on the North End of Missionary Ridge 4. Baptizing the Hills and Valleys: Cleburne’s Defense of Tunnel Hill 5. What Happened on Orchard Knob? Ordering the Attack on Missionary Ridge 6. This Grand and Imposing Array of Brave Men: The Capture of Rossville Gap and the Defeat of the Confederate Left 7. Saving the Army of Tennessee: The Confederate Rear Guard at Ringgold Gap Gallery of Illustrations 8. From the Chickamauga with “Old Rosy” to Missionary Ridge with Grant: The Fall 1863 Struggle for Chattanooga and the Press 9. “What I Am Doing I Do Not Consider Desertion”: Trans-Mississippian Reactions to Chickamauga and Chattanooga 10. A Chattanooga Plan: The Gateway City’s Critical Role in Civil War Battlefield Preservation Contributors Index Civil War Campaigns in the Heartland Other Books in Civil War Campaigns in the Heartland Series Back Cover

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