The Tennessee Campaign of November and December 1864 was the Southern Confederacy's last significant offensive operation of the Civil War. General John Bell Hood of the Confederate Army of Tennessee attempted to capture Nashville, the final realistic chance for a battlefield victory against the Northern juggernaut. Hood's former West Point instructor, Major General George Henry Thomas, led the Union force, fighting those who doubted him in his own army as well as Hood's Confederates. Through the bloody, horrific battles at Spring Hill, Franklin and Nashville and a freezing retreat to the Tennessee River, Hood ultimately failed. Civil War historian James R. Knight chronicles the Confederacy's last real hope at victory and its bitter disappointment.
About the Author
James R. Knight is a graduate of Harding University, 1967. He spent five years as a pilot in the United States Air Force, flying the C-130E, and thirty-one years as a pilot for Federal Express, flying the Dassault DA-20 Falcon, the Boeing 727 and the McDonnell Douglass DC-10. In the early '90s, he began researching a historical incident in his hometown and published his first work, an article in the Arkansas Historical Quarterly in 1997. In 2003, Eakin Press published his biography of two Texas outlaws titled Bonnie and Clyde: A 21st Century Update. In 2007, he published the story and correspondence of a Confederate cavalryman from Tennessee titled Letters to Anna. This is his second work in The History Press's Sesquicentennial Series, having written The Battle of Franklin in 2009. Knight retired from Federal Express in 2004 and lives in Franklin, Tennessee, where he works part time as a historical interpreter for the Battle of Franklin Trust. When not encouraging visitor at the Carter House to relive some moments of the Battle of Franklin, he sings on the worship team at church, collects historical documents and artifacts and occasionally drives around in his restored 1934 Ford V-8. He and his wife, Judy, and have three children and six grandchildren.
Table of Contents
Author's Foreword 7
1 The Army of Tennessee 13
2 The Tennesee River to Colimbia 23
3 Columbia to Spring Hill 29
4 The Affair at Spring Hill 38
5 The Federal Retreat to Franklin 49
6 Franklin-November 30 55
7 "Let Us Die Like Men" 71
8 Hood's Advance to Nashville 89
9 The Battle of Nashville: the First Day-December 15, 1864 104
10 The Battle of Nashville: the First Day-December 16, 1864 112
11 The Retreat-Nashville to Columbia 122
12 The Retreat-Columbia to the Tennessee River 129
Franklin Order of Battle 143
Nashville Order of Battle 161
Sources and Recommended Reading 197
About the Author 205
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I took an interest in this campaign because my genealogic study showed that my Great Grandfather, who lost a leg in thr Civil War, was in the 44th Missouri Division which saw combat at Franklin and Nashville. I was able to determine which parts of the battle involved his unit thanks to the careful deliniation of the order of battle. I appreciated the lucidity of the presentation and thorough bookmarking. I recommend this book for serious Civil War students looking for an in-depth account of Hood's Tennessee Campaign.