Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Days of Glory: The Army of the Cumberland, 1861-1865

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Days of Glory: The Army of the Cumberland, 1861-1865

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Days of Glory; The Army of the Cumberland, 1861-1865, by Larry J. Daniel. LSU, June 2004. $44.95

Fads and fashions in the unstoppably lavish output of Civil War books tend to wax and wane. Accounts of an entire army represent an emerging vogue. As befits a book published by the preeminent publisher of high quality Civil War books, this particular example is excellent. It is clearly, indeed elegantly written. The account summarizes a remarkable amount of source material (governmental records, biographies and regimental histories), as well as diaries. The words of the common soldier breathe considerable life into this account, providing their views on everything from weather and supplies to the competence of their odd assortment of generals and contemporary politics (87% of the Army of the Cumberland supported Lincoln's reelection in 1864). Daniel provides thoughtful accounts of battles and generals-including a fresh view of Thomas, the "Rock of Chicarnauga." His accounts of the cavalry and medical corps of this army are especially interesting. He considers the army in intervals of bored encampment and he renders a thorough account of logistics-the supply and feeding of this army-and of the relationship between the men of the army and the folks back home. …

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