The possibility that Confederate President Jefferson Davis might have sent General Robert E. Lee to aide Braxton Bragg in his battle at Chattanooga is explored in this novel. What might have happened that September 1863 if this had occurred?
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Lee at Chattanooga: A Novel of What Might Have Been based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This very fine novel of alternate history should be of interest to students of the Civil War, as well as aficionados of alternate history. It is told in first-person narrative by Jedediah Hotchkiss, a topographical engineer in Longstreet's corps of the Army of Northern Virginia. As in our history, Longstreets's corps was transferred in late 1863 to reinforce Bragg's Army of Tennessee. Where the timeline changes is that Robert E. Lee is eventually sent to Chattanooga by Jefferson Davis to "observe" Bragg and "make Suggestions." This is a move that seems all-too-likely, given Davis' manifest favoritism toward Bragg, and Davis' poor decisions on army commanders in general. Lee encounters Bragg's irascible personality and seems to win him over to an aggressive move that may enable the Confederates to surround and destroy the Union Army of the Cumberland, besieged in Chattanooga. The question is, "Will Lee and Bragg be able to work together for victory?" I highly recommend this book!
This is an excellent novel, more about the interplay of the officers of the Confederacy than the war itself, though that is depicted well. It is compelling. Mr. McIntire does not judge the officers or their actions, he avoids discussing the morality of the war but presents these southern soldiers to us with their idiosycracies, foibles and limitations, in a way that makes you want to know them. Just a plain good read.