Stones River - Bloody Winter In Tennessee #2020

Stones River - Bloody Winter In Tennessee By James Lee McDonough Stones River Bloody Winter In Tennessee On December some Confederate soldiers streamed out of the dim light of early morning to stun the Federals who were still breakfasting in their camp Nine months earlier the Confederate
  • Title: Stones River - Bloody Winter In Tennessee
  • Author: James Lee McDonough
  • ISBN: 9780870493737
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Paperback
  • Stones River - Bloody Winter In Tennessee By James Lee McDonough On December 31, 1862, some 10,000 Confederate soldiers streamed out of the dim light of early morning to stun the Federals who were still breakfasting in their camp Nine months earlier the Confederates had charged the Yankees in a similarly devastating attack at dawn, starting the Battle of Shiloh By the time this new battle ended, it would resemble Shiloh in other waysOn December 31, 1862, some 10,000 Confederate soldiers streamed out of the dim light of early morning to stun the Federals who were still breakfasting in their camp Nine months earlier the Confederates had charged the Yankees in a similarly devastating attack at dawn, starting the Battle of Shiloh By the time this new battle ended, it would resemble Shiloh in other ways it would rival that struggle s shocking casualty toll of 24,000 and it would become a major defeat for the South By any Civil War standard, Stones River was a monumental, bloody, and dramatic story Yet, until now, it has had no modern, documented history Arguing that the battle was one of the significant engagements in the war, noted Civil War historian James Lee McDonough here devotes to Stones River the attention it ahs long deserved.Stones River, at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was the first big battle in the union campaign to seize the Nashville Chattanooga Atlanta corridor Driving eastward and southward to sea, the campaign eventually climaxed in Sherman s capture of Savannah in December 1864 At Stones River the two armies were struggling desperately for control of Middle Tennessee s railroads and rich farms Although they fought to a tactical draw, the Confederates retreated.The battle s outcome held significant implications For the Union, the victory helped offset the disasters suffered at Fredericksburg and Chickasaw Bayou Further, it may have discouraged Britain and France from intervening on behalf of the Confederacy For the South, the battle had other crucial effects Since in convinced many that General Braxton Bragg could not successfully command an army, Stones River left the Southern Army torn by dissension in the high command and demoralized in the ranks.One of the most perplexing Civil War battles, Stones River has remained shrouded in unresolved questions After driving the Union right wing for almost three miles, why could the Rebels not complete the triumph Could the Union s Major General William S Rosecrans have launched a counterattack on the first day of the battle Was personal tension between Bragg and Breckenridge a significant factor in the events of the engagement s last day McDonough uses a variety of sources to illuminate these and other questions Quotations from diaries, letters, and memoirs of the soldiers involved furnish the reader with a rare, soldier s eye view of this tremendously violent campaign Tactics, strategies, and commanding officers are examined to reveal how personal strengths and weaknesses of the opposing generals, Bragg and Rosecrans, shaped the course of the battle Vividly recreating the events of the calamitous battle, Stones River Bloody Winter in Tennessee firmly establishes the importance of this previously neglected landmark in Civil War history.
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      James Lee McDonough is professor of history at Auburn University.

    113 thoughts on “Stones River - Bloody Winter In Tennessee”


    1. This book is a stunning account of a little known battle of the American Civil War It was of the same level as the Battle of Shiloh and far devastating than the conflicts at Fort Donelson, Chattanooga, and Nashville The casualty ratio was higher than those of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville In the predawn hours of December 31, 1862 two great armies, the Armies of the Cumberland and the Tennessee, clashed in the woods and fields near Stone s River with implications that spanned halfway aroun [...]


    2. This is a good account of the Stones River battle Dec 1862 to Jan 1863 It isn t one of the battles that usually grab people when studying the Civil War However, you could argue that after the Confederate defeat at Stones River, the South couldn t win the war Mr McDonough does a good job of setting up the larger western theater and how this fit into that theater I highly recommend it to anyone studying the Civil War.


    3. Much good information on the circumstances surrounding the battle and critical starting time As noted in reviews this has only recently become a notable battle do to its broad impacts on the war, leadership and openning of the western confederacy to the Union Had my wife s grandfather way back not been wounded there, I would have never picked up the book glad I did.


    4. Hard to rate this one This was the first major book written on the subject in the contemporary era It has McDonough s human touch and affinity of soldier anecdotes, but the research is a light and most of his opinions and conclusions have recently come under fire in Daniel s work on Stones River.


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