Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

Six Armies in Tennessee: The Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns

Academic journal article The Arkansas Historical Quarterly

Six Armies in Tennessee: The Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns

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Six Armies in Tennessee: The Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns. By Steven E. Woodworth. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998. Pp. xv, 257. Series editor's introduction, preface, acknowledgment, photographs, engravings, maps, notes, bibliographic essay, index. $29.95.)

The University of Nebraska Press, a major publisher of books on western history, is breaking new ground with a sixteen-volume series titled Great Campaigns of the Civil War. The purpose of the series is to offer the public concise, readable, and reliable accounts of the war that incorporate the latest research. Six Armies in Tennessee, by Steven Woodworth, a historian at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, is the first volume in the series to appear, and it sets a high standard for subsequent entries. In roughly two hundred pages the author tells of the six-month period in the summer and fall of 1863 during which Union military forces drove Confederate armies out of central and eastern Tennessee, a stunning strategic triumph with enormous consequences. These complex operations are not particularly well known, so it is gratifying to note that Woodworth provides a clear and comprehensive account of what happened, why it happened, and what it meant. The result is a lean but revealing overview of a critical chapter in the Civil War.

In brief, Woodworth's book is essentially a command or operational study of the final stages of the struggle for Tennessee. He focuses on the generals and how they dealt with a myriad of problems and opportunities. …

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