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Guide to the Atlanta Campaign: Rocky Face Ridge to Kennesaw Mountain
     

Guide to the Atlanta Campaign: Rocky Face Ridge to Kennesaw Mountain

by Jay Luvaas (Editor), Harold W. Nelson (Editor)
 

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Following William T. Sherman's capture of Chattanooga, the Union Army initiated a series of battles and operations that took it from the Tennessee border to the outskirts of Atlanta-with bloody confrontations at places such as Resaca and New Hope Church. Grant had ordered Sherman to penetrate the enemy's interior and inflict "all the damage you can against their

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Following William T. Sherman's capture of Chattanooga, the Union Army initiated a series of battles and operations that took it from the Tennessee border to the outskirts of Atlanta-with bloody confrontations at places such as Resaca and New Hope Church. Grant had ordered Sherman to penetrate the enemy's interior and inflict "all the damage you can against their War resources," and from the first major engagement at Rocky Face Ridge to the bitter standoff at Kennesaw Mountain, Sherman proceeded to do just that.

This guide offers a concise and easy-to-use introduction to Sherman's route, focusing on this first and most critical phase of the Atlanta campaign. It leads visitors to all of the pertinent sites-Dug Gap, Adairsville, Pickett's Mill, and more-to help them relive the experiences of battle-hardened troops on the ground. It combines official histories and on-the-scene reports, orders, and letters from commanding officers with terrain maps that depict the opposing armies on the field of battle. It also includes easy-to-follow drive-and-stop maps that guide visitors along and just off Interstate 75, culminating at Kennesaw Mountain (as growth beyond that point precludes further touring).

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“These guides bridge the gap between sound military history and battlefield touring literature. They can be enjoyed without ever leaving the easy chair or they can become indispensable companions on tramps over the scenes of the greatest engagements of the Civil War.”—William C. Davis, author of Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour “The most thorough, detailed, and accurate books of their kind. Indeed, they are unique. I have used them to lead guided tours of several battlefields, with great success.”—James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom

"Like previous volumes in the series, this one provides clear directions that will enable readers to easily find locations in north Georgia associated with the campaign. At each stop, they will then find well-selected and well-edited excerpts from primary source documents that give a good sense of what happened in 1864. They will also appreciate the provision of sufficient maps to help them make their way around north Georgia and examine what happened."—Blue & Gray Magazine

"This is a worthwhile addition to the traveler's library. No other guidebook will provide you with this sort of detail in touring the sites from Rocky Face Ridge to Kennesaw Mountain."—Civil War News

"Well-researched and enlightening, this book facilitates a more personal understanding of the campaign than traditional narratives by taking readers to the ground on which it took place. It also features an impressive compilation of the most valuable primary sources relevant to the campaign. [It] makes a solid addition to the considerable literature available on the subject, and is sure to stand as the definitive guide to the fighting north of Atlanta for years to come."—Georgia Historical Quarterly

“The most thorough, detailed, and accurate books of their kind. Indeed, they are unique. I have used them to lead guided tours of several battlefields, with great success.”—James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom

“These guides bridge the gap between sound military history and battlefield touring literature. They can be enjoyed without ever leaving the easy chair or they can become indispensable companions on tramps over the scenes of the greatest engagements of the Civil War.”—William C. Davis, author of Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700615704
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
04/18/2008
Series:
U.S. Army War College Guides to Civil War Battles Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are Saying About This

James M. McPherson

The most thorough, detailed, and accurate books of their kind. Indeed, they are unique. I have used them to lead guided tours of several battlefields, with great success. (James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom)

William C. Davis

These guides bridge the gap between sound military history and battlefield touring literature. They can be enjoyed without ever leaving the easy chair or they can become indispensable companions on tramps over the scenes of the greatest engagements of the Civil War. (William C. Davis, author of Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour)

Meet the Author

Jay Luvaas is a former history professor at the U.S. Army History Institute and the U.S. Army War College. Harold W. Nelson, a retired brigadier general, is a former U.S. Army Chief of Military History. Luvaas and Nelson have also coedited series guides to the battles of Antietam, Gettysburg, and Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg.

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