General James Longstreet in the West: A Monumental Failure

General James Longstreet in the West: A Monumental Failure

by Judith Lee Hallock
     
 

It is September 1863. Gen. James Longstreet and his Corps ride the rails westward to join Gen. Braxton Bragg's Army of Tennessee in its efforts to halt the advance of the Union Army. Longstreet, a favorite of Gen. Robert E. Lee, fully expects to replace Bragg as commander of the Western Army. Despite assurances to Longstreet from prominent Confederates, President

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It is September 1863. Gen. James Longstreet and his Corps ride the rails westward to join Gen. Braxton Bragg's Army of Tennessee in its efforts to halt the advance of the Union Army. Longstreet, a favorite of Gen. Robert E. Lee, fully expects to replace Bragg as commander of the Western Army. Despite assurances to Longstreet from prominent Confederates, President Davis does not remove Bragg to make way for Longstreet. Longstreet's keen disappointment and unsoldierly behavior lead to disaster for the Army itself. Upon separation from Bragg's Army he fails spectacularly at Knoxville, proving to all his inability to function in an independent command.

An objective and realistic look at a Confederate commander by a respected historian.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886661042
Publisher:
State House/McWhiney Foundation Press
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Series:
Civil War Campaigns and Commanders Series
Pages:
134
Product dimensions:
6.01(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.38(d)

Read an Excerpt

On September 19,1863, a train rumbled its way toward Catoosa Station, Georgia. Aboard rode forty-two-year-old Lieutenant General James Longstreet with a heart full of ambition and hope. He believed that he carried within himself the ability to vanquish the Union armies in the West, a feat that would surely win for his beloved Confederacy the independence it so earnestly sought. "My own desire in the matter is to save the country" he had written to a fervent supporter in the Confederate Congress. "I hope that I may get west in time to save what there is left of us." Sadly he did not possess the ability to accomplish what he expected, and his ambition to command the Army of Tennessee would not be satisfied.

Meet the Author


Dr. JUDITH LEE HALLOCK has been an educator for over 30 years and is the author of Braxton Bragg and the Confederate Defeat, Vol. II and numerous journal articles. She has contributed to the Encyclopedia of the Confederacy and to The American Civil War: Handbook of Research and Literature. She holds a Ph.D. in history from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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