We have some cool book covers to show off for you over the next few days as we prep some titles for release later this year in the Emerging Civil War Series. Here’s the first, They Came Only To Die: The Battle of Nashville, December 15-16, 1864, by Sean Michael Chick. Sean’s book picks up where Lee White’s Let Us Die Like Men: The Battle of Franklin left off, with John Bell Hood’s Army of Tennessee making a push northward to the state capital in a desperate effort to shake things up late in the war.
The cover features a full-color copy of the painting Battle of Nashville by Howard Pyle, courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society.
About the Book:
The November 1864 battle of Franklin left the Army of Tennessee stunned. In only a few hours, the army lost 6,000 men and a score of generals. Rather than pause, John Bell Hood marched his army north to Nashville. He had risked everything on a successful campaign and saw his offensive as the Confederacy’s last hope. There was no time to mourn.
There was no question of attacking Nashville. Too many Federals occupied too many strong positions. But Hood knew he could force them to attack him and, in doing so, he could win a defensive victory that might rescue the Confederacy from the chasm of collapse.
Unfortunately for Hood, he faced George Thomas. He was one of the Union’s best commanders, and he had planned and prepared his forces. But with battle imminent, the ground iced over, and Thomas had to wait. An impatient Ulysses S. Grant nearly sacked him, but on December 15-16, Thomas struck and routed Hood’s army. He then chased him out of Tennessee and into Mississippi in a grueling winter campaign.
After Nashville, the Army of Tennessee was never again a major fighting force. Combined with William Tecumseh Sherman’s march through Georgia and the Carolinas and Grant’s capture of Petersburg and Richmond, Nashville was the first peal in the long death knell of the Confederate States of America.
In They Came Only To Die: The Battle of Nashville, historian Sean Michael Chick offers a fast-paced, well analyzed narrative of John Bell Hood’s final campaign, complete with the most accurate maps yet made of this crucial battle.