Gateway to the Confederacy: New Perspectives on the Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns, 1862-1863

Gateway to the Confederacy: New Perspectives on the Chickamauga and Chattanooga Campaigns, 1862-1863


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A collection of ten new essays from some of our finest Civil War historians working today, Gateway to the Confederacy offers a reexamination of the campaigns fought to gain possession of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Each essay addresses how Americans have misconstrued the legacy of these struggles and why scholars feel it necessary to reconsider one of the most critical turning points of the American Civil War.
The first academic analysis that delineates all three Civil War campaigns fought from 1862 to 1863 for control of Chattanooga — the trans-portation hub of the Confederacy and gateway to the Deep South — this book deals not only with military operations but also with the campaigns' origins and consequences. The essays also explore the far-reaching social and political implications of the battles and bring into sharp focus their impact on postwar literature and commemoration. Several chapters revise the traditional portraits of both famous and con-troversial figures including Ambrose Bierce and Nathan Bedford Forrest. Others investigate some of the more salient moments of these cam-paigns such as the circumstances that allowed for the Confederate breakthrough assault at Chickamauga.
Gateway to the Confederacy reassesses these pivotal battles, long in need of reappraisal, and breaks new ground as each scholar re-shapes a particular aspect of this momentous part of the Civil War.
Russell S. Bonds Stephen Cushman Caroline E. Janney Evan C. Jones David A. Powell Gerald J. Prokopowicz William Glenn Robertson Wiley Sword Craig L. Symonds

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807155097
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publication date: 05/12/2014
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

WILEY SWORD is the author of several books about the Civil War, including Mountains Touched with Fire: Chattanooga Besieged, 1863.

EVAN C. JONES is a former National Park Service ranger who has worked at numerous Civil War battlefields, including the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Introduction Evan C. Jones Wiley Sword 1

Chapter 1 "The Funnel of the Universe" The Chattanooga Country and the Civil War Russell S. Bonds 13

Chapter 2 Last Chance for a Short War Don Carlos Buell and the Chattanooga Campaign of 1862 Gerald J. Prokopowicz 36

Chapter 3 A Legend in the Making Nathan Bedford Forrest at Chickamauga David A. Powell 60

Chapter 4 Incubator of Innovation: The Army of the Cumberland and the Spirit of Invention in 1863 David A. Powell 94

Chapter 5 A Tale of Two Orders Chickamauga, September 20, 1863 William Glenn Robertson 129

Chapter 6 War and Politics Jefferson Davis Visits the Army of Tennessee Craig L. Symonds 159

Chapter 7 A "Malignant Vindictiveness" The Two-Decade Rivalry between Ulysses S. Grant and William S. Rosecrans Evan C. Jones 172

Chapter 8 "Our Fireside in Ruins" Consequences of the 1863 Chattanooga Campaign Wiley Sword 227

Chapter 9 Ambrose Bierce, Chickamauga, and Ways to Write History Stephen Cushman 254

Chapter 10 No "Sickly Sentimental Gush": Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and the Limits of Reconciliation Caroline E. Janney 285

Contributors 311

Index 313

What People are Saying About This

Gary W. Gallagher

"Chickamauga ranked second only to Gettysburg among the Civil War's great effusions of blood, yet it has received only a fraction as much attention from historians. Gateway to the Confederacy helps redress this striking imbalance, illuminating many facets of the battle and its context as well as some of the ways in which it was remembered. The essays complement one another splendidly and underscore the rich potential for analysis and narrative inherent in major Civil War military operations." — Gary W. Gallagher, author of The Union War

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