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The Fall of Chattanooga

River of Death: The Chickamauga Campaign, Volume 1
Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
Length: 27 hrs and 32 mins
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The Battle of Chickamauga was the third bloodiest of the American Civil War and the only major Confederate victory in the conflict's western theater. It pitted Braxton Bragg's Army of Tennessee against William S. Rosecrans's Army of the Cumberland and resulted in more than 34,500 casualties. In this first volume of an authoritative two-volume history of the Chickamauga Campaign, William Glenn Robertson provides a richly detailed narrative of military operations in southeastern and eastern Tennessee as two armies prepared to meet along the "River of Death." Robertson tracks the two opposing armies from July 1863 through Bragg's strategic decision to abandon Chattanooga on September 9. Drawing on all relevant primary and secondary sources, Robertson devotes special attention to the personalities and thinking of the opposing generals and their staffs. He also sheds new light on the role of railroads on operations in these landlocked battlegrounds, as well as the intelligence gathered and used by both sides. 

Delving deep into the strategic machinations, maneuvers, and smaller clashes that led to the bloody events of September 19-20, 1863, Robertson reveals that the road to Chickamauga was as consequential as the unfolding of the battle itself.

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In depth research provides a more complete analysis and understanding of this complex campaign and the men who fought it. Many of the primary sources that William Glenn Robertson so effectively uses in this masterful work will either have you questioning some aspects of earlier accounts or adding significant and critical depth to others as to shed new light on them or perhaps both. One thing is for certain, Robertson leaves few stones unturned when it comes to the description of a campaign and you will feel like you have been on the journey. One warning though, this volume ends in a cliff hanger and if Volume 2 is not available you may be left in some angst.

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Refreshing

Someone estimated that there’s been an average of one book published every day about the American Civil War since it ended - and sometimes it feels as if I’ve read most of them.

If like me you’ve grown tired of circular referencing and want to learn something new, look no further.

Still, the magic of this book is that if you know little and care less about the War I think you will nevertheless find it engrossing. It is more than anything a story about people and the author has gone to heroic lengths to place the reader in the shoes, if they have shoes, and often in the heads of the participants. He does this far more with facts than conclusions which is always refreshing.

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