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"This superb book unravels the complexities of Perryville, but discloses these military details within their social and political contexts. These considerations greatly enrich our understanding of war, history, and human endeavor." --Virginia Quarterly Review" --
"Noe writes with a fine eye for detail and a moving prose: his work is a first-rate historical narrative." --Wargamer" --
"Noe details in stirring prose backed by impressive research, the full dimension of the campaign and the battle that ended in a tactical victory yet could not win Kentucky for the South. In surely the most detailed and exhaustive study to date, Noe has produced in Perryville a work that will stand as the definitive word on a lost opportunity, and a lost dream." --William C. Davis" --
"Noe's well researched, well written Perryville is the best volume on arguably the least understood important battle during the Civil War. No Civil War buff will want to miss it." --William W. Freehling" --
"While providing all the parry and thrust one might expect from an excellent battle narrative, the book also reflects the new trends in Civil War history in its concern for ordinary soldiers and civilians caught in the slaughterhouse." --cmapaigns-books.blogspot.com" --
Posted July 29, 2002
I first visited the Perryville battlefield over thirty years ago. This battle, recognized by many as being one of the important battles of the war, nonetheless has been the subject of few books (Hasendorfer's study, published about 20 years ago, is the only one to comes to mind). Professor Noe, in this book, explores the battle and gives a first-rate analysis of the battle. In fact, as a battle account, his effort is just about the finest which I have read. <P> The Perryville campaign is quite interesting. Both Buell, the Union commander, and Bragg, the Confederate commander, had their solid, maybe even brilliant moments. However, they also made some colussal blunders. Buell was removed from command after the battle, and Bragg should have been. Professor Noe points out that Bragg was actually more successful in the campaign than Lee was in his Maryland campaign. Lee, after all, ended up on the line of the Rappahanock, essentially where he began the campaign (if one includes Cedar Mountain). Bragg, on the other hand, regained much of middle Tennessee, transferring his operations from Chattanooga to Murfreesboro. <p> My biggest complaint is that Professor Noe does not give much attention to the battles of Richmond, KY and Munfordville. Richmond was one of the most complete victories of the entire war, for instance. Professor Noe does carefully examine the entire campaign from Bragg and Kirby Smith's movement from Chattanooga to Bardstown, KY, and Lexington, and Buell's withdrawal from Tennessee to Louisville, but his main 'bayonets and bullets' portion of the book is focused on Perryville with little attention given to the two other battles of the campaign.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.