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

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Banners to the Breeze analyzes three major Civil War campaigns that were conducted following a series of devastating Confederate defeats at the hands of Ulysses S. Grant in the spring of 1862. After the recapture of Tennessee, Confederate armies under Braxton Bragg and Edmund Kirby Smith conducted a brilliant advance into the deeply divided state of Kentucky. Meanwhile, other Confederate forces under Sterling Price and Earl Van Dorn attempted to recapture the town of Corinth, Mississippi. As the year drew ...
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Overview


Banners to the Breeze analyzes three major Civil War campaigns that were conducted following a series of devastating Confederate defeats at the hands of Ulysses S. Grant in the spring of 1862. After the recapture of Tennessee, Confederate armies under Braxton Bragg and Edmund Kirby Smith conducted a brilliant advance into the deeply divided state of Kentucky. Meanwhile, other Confederate forces under Sterling Price and Earl Van Dorn attempted to recapture the town of Corinth, Mississippi. As the year drew to a close, Bragg’s army was involved in a tactical draw at the battle of Stones River. Earl J. Hess mixes dramatic narrative and new analysis as he brings these campaigns together in a coherent whole. Previously unpublished historic photographs of the battlefields are included.
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Editorial Reviews

Choice

"Hess's study is a balanced, thoughtful account of three separate Civil War campaigns. . . . Hess's account is superbly fairminded. . . . The final result is definitely worthwhile. All levels."—Choice
Indiana Magazine of History

"Without a doubt, Earl J Hess’s Banners to the Breeze is one of the finest Civil War campaign histories ever written. . . . A welcome addition to the Great Campaigns of the Civil War series and necessary for a thorough understanding of the importance of the western theater to the defeat of the Confederacy."—Indiana Magazine of History
Herman Hattaway

"Like all of Hess’s books, this one is marvelously done. I am especially pleased with his treatment of Iuka and Corinth."—Herman Hattaway, author of Shades of Blue and Gray: An Introductory Military History of the Civil War
Civil War History - Mark Bradley

"The University of Nebraska series features professional historians who eschew the traditional narrow tactical study, and instead examine the military operations within a wider political and social context. The books are synthetic works that use the most recent scholarship in providing a comprehensive overview of the campaigns. . . . Hess meet[s] this formidable challenge.”—Mark Bradley, Civil War History
West Virginia History - Damon Eubank

"A concise synthesis of recent Civil War scholarship. . . . Persons interested in one of these campaigns would do well to start their study with this book. Scholars in the field will find some of the observations about commanders a good point of departure for future academic debate."—Damon Eubank, West Virginia History
Civil War Courier - Duane A. Benell

"A well-written book. It is informative and objective. The author comments on the shortcomings of both sides with sound reasoning. His descriptions of the movements of the various forces are detailed and point out the difficulties encountered. This book contains far more than just the stories of these three battles. I recommend this excellent book to all Civil War readers."—Duane A. Benell, Civil War Courier
Choice

"Hess’s study is a balanced, thoughtful account of three separate Civil War campaigns. . . . Hess’s account is superbly fairminded. . . . The final result is definitely worthwhile. All levels."—Choice

Herman Hattaway

"Like all of Hess’s books, this one is marvelously done. I am especially pleased with his treatment of Iuka and Corinth."

—Herman Hattaway, author of Shades of Blue and Gray: An Introductory Military History of the Civil War

Civil War History

"The University of Nebraska series features professional historians who eschew the traditional narrow tactical study, and instead examine the military operations within a wider political and social context. The books are synthetic works that use the most recent scholarship in providing a comprehensive overview of the campaigns. . . . Hess meet[s] this formidable challenge.”—Mark Bradley, Civil War History

— Mark Bradley

Indiana Magazine of History

"Without a doubt, Earl J Hess’s Banners to the Breeze is one of the finest Civil War campaign histories ever written. . . . A welcome addition to the Great Campaigns of the Civil War series and necessary for a thorough understanding of the importance of the western theater to the defeat of the Confederacy."—Indiana Magazine of History

West Virginia History

"A concise synthesis of recent Civil War scholarship. . . . Persons interested in one of these campaigns would do well to start their study with this book. Scholars in the field will find some of the observations about commanders a good point of departure for future academic debate."—Damon Eubank, West Virginia History

— Damon Eubank

Civil War Courier

"A well-written book. It is informative and objective. The author comments on the shortcomings of both sides with sound reasoning. His descriptions of the movements of the various forces are detailed and point out the difficulties encountered. This book contains far more than just the stories of these three battles. I recommend this excellent book to all Civil War readers."—Duane A. Benell, Civil War Courier

— Duane A. Benell

West Virginia History

"A concise synthesis of recent Civil War scholarship. . . . Persons interested in one of these campaigns would do well to start their study with this book. Scholars in the field will find some of the observations about commanders a good point of departure for future academic debate."—Damon Eubank, West Virginia History

— Damon Eubank

Civil War Courier

"A well-written book. It is informative and objective. The author comments on the shortcomings of both sides with sound reasoning. His descriptions of the movements of the various forces are detailed and point out the difficulties encountered. This book contains far more than just the stories of these three battles. I recommend this excellent book to all Civil War readers."—Duane A. Benell, Civil War Courier

— Duane A. Benell

Civil War History

"The University of Nebraska series features professional historians who eschew the traditional narrow tactical study, and instead examine the military operations within a wider political and social context. The books are synthetic works that use the most recent scholarship in providing a comprehensive overview of the campaigns. . . . Hess meet[s] this formidable challenge.”—Mark Bradley, Civil War History

— Mark Bradley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803232716
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Great Campaigns of the Civil War Series
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,011,179
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Earl J. Hess is an associate professor of history at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. He is the author of The Union Soldier in Battle: Enduring the Ordeal of Combat and other works.
 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2000

    The Civil War in Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee

    'A few more days of needful preparation and organization and I shall give your banners to the breeze. But be prepared to undergo privation and labor with cheerfulness and alacrity.'--Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg (June 27, 1862) A volume in the 16-volume series titled THE GREAT CAMPAIGNS OF THE CIVIL WAR, Earl J. Hess's BANNERS TO THE BREEZE is an engaging narrative of three military campaigns that took place in the western theater during the second half of 1862. (1) In Kentucky, Braxton Bragg's 'bold stroke into the Bluegrass' pitted his army against the bluecoats led by Don Carlos Buell. Bragg first seized and then retreated from Munfordville and then fought the climactic battle for Kentucky at Perryville. (2) In Mississippi, Earl Van Dorn and Sterling Price united their forces and attacked the Federal defenses at Corinth (which followed a minor battle at Iuka). (3) In Tennessee, William Starke Rosecrans, who had replaced Buell, marched the Union army from Nashville and attacked Confederate forces at the battle of Stones River (Murfreesboro), one of the most costly and bitter battles of the war. Hess acknowledges his debt to works such as WAR IN KENTUCKY: FROM SHILOH TO PERRYVILLE, by James L. McDonough; PERRYVILLE: THE BATTLE FOR KENTUCKY, by Kenneth A. Hafendorfer; THE DARKEST DAYS OF THE WAR: THE BATTLES OF IUKA AND CORINTH, by Peter Cozzens; STONES RIVER: BLOODY WINTER IN TENNESSEE, by James L. McDonough; and NO BETTER PLACE TO DIE: THE BATTLE OF STONES RIVER, by Peter Cozzens. The strong point of BANNERS TO THE BREEZE is that it brings three seemingly disparate campaigns together into a coherent whole, showing the rationale behind their strategic plan. The author also provides a lucid description of the problem of military logistics: How can a huge army be supplied with food, clothing, and ammunition, and transported vast distances across rugged terrain? The final three chapters (which describe the battle of Stones River) held the greatest interest for me, for, on several occasions, I have been to the Murfreesboro battlefield and was able, as I read Hess's narrative, to picture clearly the clash of the opposing armies. The volume contains a dozen illustrations (several of which are here published for the first time, including photos of Battery Robinett at Corinth) and elven helpful maps. BANNERS TO THE BREEZE is a book to be savored by Civil War buffs everywhere. Earl J. Hess is an associate professor at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, a town in Claiborne County near Cumberland Gap, where Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia converge.

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