The Battle of Nashville

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A dynamic Civil War book with a fresh angle from an award-winning writer.  Bobrick profiles General George H. Thomas, an overlooked scion of the Civil War, and shows the military choices that saved the Union.  Also examined are President Lincoln, the causes of the war and the various personalities who have shaped our understanding of the war today.  This compelling book, rich with visuals including maps, photos, original documents, and more, offers new insights into a key topic for American homes ...

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Overview

A dynamic Civil War book with a fresh angle from an award-winning writer.  Bobrick profiles General George H. Thomas, an overlooked scion of the Civil War, and shows the military choices that saved the Union.  Also examined are President Lincoln, the causes of the war and the various personalities who have shaped our understanding of the war today.  This compelling book, rich with visuals including maps, photos, original documents, and more, offers new insights into a key topic for American homes and classrooms. A particularly exciting read for boys.

The Battle of Nashville is another contribution to Knopf's list of high quality nonfiction such as Children of the Dust Bowl by Jerry Stanley and Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
In December of 1864 the Army of the Cumberland, under the command of Union General George H. Thomas, was able to rout its Confederate opponents in one of the most complete victories of the entire American Civil War. In this illustrated work by an experienced Civil War writer, readers are given an overview of the events during the course of the war that led to this triumphal Federal success. Author Bobrick has written about the Civil War in earlier works with a particular focus on the experiences of one of his own relatives who served as a Union soldier in that conflict. In The Battle of Nashville, Bobrick continues his fine writing on aspects of the Civil War. While the title of this book may be misleading as the preponderance of text is dedicated to chronicling the global military events that led up to the Battle of Nashville, readers will not be disappointed with Bobrick's deft capacities as a historical writer. Of particular value are Bobrick's keen biographical sketch of General Thomas and the way in which the author captures the everyday experiences of typical Civil War soldiers. This is a fine illustrated work and one that will be of great value to youngsters interested in the Civil War. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
Kirkus Reviews

On the eve of the Civil War, two Virginians pledged their allegiances—Robert E. Lee to his state, George H. Thomas to his national government. By the end of the war, it was Thomas who won the battle that sealed Lee's fate, the Battle of Nashville, the "single most important battle of the Civil War," according to Bobrick, who generously calls Thomas "the greatest patriot-soldier America had ever produced," next to George Washington. Drawing on Master of War (2009), his adult biography of the general, he demonstrates a scholar's authority and writes lively, lucid prose. Abundant archival photographs, paintings, drawings, engravings and magazine illustrations add to the visual appeal of the volume, though more maps would have helped readers follow the flow of the war, a good idea for any study of the Civil War. Most of the volume is a history of the Civil War, though, highlighting the career of Gen. Thomas, and only the final chapter is devoted to the Battle of Nashville itself, a missed opportunity to make this the first full treatment of the battle for young readers. (appendices, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Background, strategies, and key individuals involved in the 1864 battle of Nashville come to life in this engaging piece of history. Starting on the eve of the fighting, the narrative then shifts back to examine the complex series of events leading to that moment, outlining the causes of the Civil War, key developments, and major figures. When the battle description finally begins, readers have a full understanding of the issues and conflicts that impacted the results so strongly. The history is fascinating, though occasionally oversimplified: it's implied, for example, that the Underground Railroad formed in response to the Dred Scott decision. Compelling personalities such as Lincoln, Grant, and especially General George H. Thomas are effectively developed throughout the historical account. The conflict between Grant and Thomas over when to attack is riveting, as Thomas's confidence and patience prove ultimately successful. Battle scenes are vivid, capturing the chaos and emotion involved, and military strategies, such as the innovative use of cavalry, are explained clearly. Plentiful illustrations from the period, including many portraits and several dramatic two-page paintings, help bring the period to life. Sources for all quotations are provided, though occasional assumptions are made about emotions and motivations. The author's admiration for Thomas shines throughout, concluding with the postscript assertion that he "was the greatest patriot-soldier America had ever produced." This informative title fills in a subject gap, since most Civil War books for youth provide only cursory mention of Thomas and Nashville.—Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville Public Library, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375848872
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 967,865
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1030L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Benson Bobrick earned his doctorate from Columbia University and is the author of several critically acclaimed books for adults, including Wide as the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution It Inspired, Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution, and Testament: A Soldier's Story of the Civil War. In 2002 he received the Literature Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He and his wife, Hilary, divide their time between New York and Vermont.

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