Academic journal article Military Review

From the Flame of Battle to the Fiery Cross

Academic journal article Military Review

From the Flame of Battle to the Fiery Cross

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FROM THE FLAME OF BATTLE TO THE FIERY CROSS, James Van Eldik, Yucca Tree Press, Las Cruces, NM, 2001, 392 pages, $25.00.

The author of From the Flame of Battle to the Fiery Cross, James Van Eldik, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, believes that the Confederate Army of the Tennessee has received far too little coverage in scholarship of the American Civil War. Thus, Van Eldik decided to write about the 3d Tennessee Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which was a part of the Confederate Army from the war's beginning until the regiment's surrender at Greensboro, North Carolina, on 17 April 1865.

Recruited from a four-county area in central Tennessee, the 3d Tennessee acquired an admirable combat record and participated in some of the most important battles and campaigns of the Civil War in the westFort Donelson, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and the Atlanta Campaign. Van Eldik contends that he intended to "provide a sense of what combat was like for these men" and to bring to the reader a sense of how battle looked, sounded, and felt.

Van Eldik also focuses much attention on the 3d Tennessee's first commanding officer, John C. …

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