Derek Smith is a journalist and the author of several Civil War books, including The Gallant Dead and In the Lionâ€™s Mouth. A native of Bishopville, South Carolina, he lives in Williamsville, New York.
In the Lion's Mouthby Derek Smith
• Spellbinding account of the Confederates' retreat after their crushing defeat at the Battle of Nashville in December 1864• The 12-day, 100-mile retreat took place during one of the worst winters on record with Union forces in hot pursuit• Features notable commanders such as Nathan Bedford Forrest and John Bell Hood• Colorfully written, with a focus on the human element in this military catastrophe
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In the Lion's Mouth puts the reader into the ranks of General Hood's Confederate army during its retreat after being crushed at the Battle of Nashville. The author, Derek Smith draws on many first hand accounts to tell this story. Many of the accounts appear in other sources but it is nice to have them together in one book. The many veteran accounts really put the reader in with the rank and file. In my opinion, it is these first hand accounts that really draw the reader in. The entire campaign gets an overview but the focus of this book is on the retreat and aftermath of the Battle of Nashville. The book has some detailed maps and some period photographs to help the reader "see" the story. Smith has done a very good job telling the story of the tragic Confederate retreat from Nashville and the pursuit by the Union army.