Banners to the Breeze: The Kentucky Campaign, Corinth, and Stones River

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Bibliographical Essay

The Kentucky campaign, Corinth, and Stones River were events that participants would never forget, but modern-day historians have not been quite so devoted in their attention to them. Scholarly coverage has been uneven, at best, although more studies have been published in recent years, and still more new ones are likely to appear in the near future.

Bragg's invasion of Kentucky has remained obscure until very recently. James L. McDonough , War in Kentucky: From Shiloh to Perryville ( Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1994), is the only account of the campaign as a whole. McDonough illustrates the logistical problems Buell faced as he tried to capture Chattanooga early in the campaign, and he also provides much insight into the experience of ordinary soldiers. But his discussion of military engagements in the campaign is not detailed or analytical, and there are aspects of the campaign, such as Buell's advance from Louisville to Perryville, that are glossed over. The only other book of substance on the campaign is Kenneth A. Hafendorfer, Perryville: Battle for Kentucky ( Louisville KY: KH Press, 1991). It is a detailed tactical study of the battle with a short discussion of the campaign that led to it. No other author has given Perryville its due yas Hafendorfer has done, with extensive research, an abundance of good maps, and much attention paid to terrain.

The campaign in northern Mississippi by Price, leading to the battle of Iuka, and by Van Dorn, leading to the battle of Corinth, has also been ignored by historians until very recently. Only a handful of short articles had been written before Peter Cozzens , The Darkest Days of the War: The Battles of Iuka and Corinth (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997), was published. Cozzens has written the only thoroughly researched, detailed, and soundly considered study of this fascinating campaign. Stones River has gotten the lion's share of attention among historians, compared to the other two campaigns, with two major studies in print. James L. McDonough, Stones River: Bloody Winter in Tennessee ( Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1980), is the first book on the battle that was not written by a contemporary of the

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations viii
  • Maps ix
  • Series Editors' Introduction xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Chapter One - Banners to the Breeze 1
  • Chapter Two - Bold Strike into the Bluegrass 30
  • Chapter Three - Bragg, Buell, and Kentucky 56
  • Chapter Four - Give Him Battle 77
  • Chapter Five - Perryville 92
  • Chapter Six - Good-Bye, Kentucky 106
  • Chapter Seven - the Road to Iuka 121
  • Chapter Eight Corinth 141
  • Chapter Nine Bloody October 154
  • Chapter Ten on to Murfreesboro 177
  • Chapter Eleven Stones River 197
  • Chapter Twelve Fight or Die 216
  • Notes 235
  • Bibliographical Essay 243
  • Index 245
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