Tag Archives: Western theater

“The Kind of Whom Heroes are Made”

150 years ago today, one of the rising stars of the Union army died along a lonely stretch of road west of Rome, Georgia. Twenty-nine-year-old Bvt. Maj. Gen. Thomas E.G. Ransom passed away from the effects of dysentery. It would … Continue reading

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Review—Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman

Today we are pleased to welcome guest author Derek D. Maxfield with a review of Robert L. O’Connell’s Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman (New York: Random House, 2014). He is perhaps the most eccentric general of the Civil … Continue reading

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Jonesborough, Georgia: The Battle that Doomed Atlanta

Like Corinth, Mississippi or Petersburg, Virginia, the town of Jonesboro, Georgia was significant to military planners and general officers for one simple fact: two or more railroads came to a junction there. Running south from Atlanta was the Macon and Western … Continue reading

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To Georgia With Lee

When John Bell Hood assumed command of the Army of Tennessee on July 18, 1864 he quickly changed the tactics employed by the main Confederate army in the west. Under the leadership of Joseph E. Johnston, the Army of Tennessee … Continue reading

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Question of the Week for February 10, 2014

What do you think was the pivotal battle in the Western Theater in 1864, and why?  

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No NPS? No Problem!: Allatoona Pass

Day Seven in a series coinciding with the federal government shutdown from Lee White The time period between the fall of Atlanta and Hood’s invasion of Tennessee is one of the missing episodes of the history of the war in the Western … Continue reading

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Darkest Days of the War?

The Battles of Iuka and Corinth–that’s the answer, at least according to historian Peter Cozzens. Do you agree? Disagree? When I started the book, I was sketpical that Cozzens could convince me that this was truly the “Darkest Days of … Continue reading

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Examining Braxton Bragg

Confederate General Braxton Bragg would never make the list of top military commanders to fight for the Southern Confederacy. He argued with everyone, including–if you believe a pre-war account–even his own persona. He distrusted his subordinate commanders and on multiple … Continue reading

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Placing Perryville

On September 17, 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia fought Union General George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac outside the town of Sharpsburg, Maryland. The subsequent Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) is still the bloodiest … Continue reading

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