Perryville: This Grand Havoc of Battle

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University Press of Kentucky, Sep 21, 2001 - History - 494 pages
" Winner of the Seaborg Award A History Book Club Selection On October 8, 1862, Union and Confederate forces clashed near Perryville, Kentucky, in what would be the largest battle ever fought on Kentucky soil. The climax of a campaign that began two months before in northern Mississippi, Perryville came to be recognized as the high water mark of the western Confederacy. Some said the hard-fought battle, forever remembered by participants for its sheer savagery and for their commanders’ confusion, was the worst battle of the war, losing the last chance to bring the Commonwealth into the Confederacy and leaving Kentucky firmly under Federal control. Although Gen. Braxton Bragg’s Confederates won the day, Bragg soon retreated in the face of Gen. Don Carlos Buell’s overwhelming numbers. Perryville: This Grand Havoc of Battle is the definitive account of this important conflict. 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. The last chapter, unique among Civil War battle narratives, even discusses the battle’s veterans, their families, efforts to preserve the battlefield, and the many ways Americans have remembered and commemorated Perryville. Kenneth W. Noe holds the Draughon Chair in Southern History at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He is the author of several books and articles.
 

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A detailed account of how the Civil War engagement at Perryville, Kentucky, changed the lives of the soldiers, officers, and civilians who endured its brutality.Noe (History/Auburn Univ.) untangles ... Read full review

Contents

Divided We Fall
1
A Brilliant Summer Campaign
22
The Enemy Is Before You
42
The Great Foot Race
63
A Babel of Confusion
80
Blissful Ignorance
107
To Strike a Blow
124
Enough Boys for This Morning
144
Up the Hill Came the Rebels
242
I Want No More Night Fighting
277
Scenes of Blood and Suffering
306
Tramp Tramp Tramp
327
The World Has Changed
344
Order of Battle
369
Artillery at Perryville
381
Notes
387

A Small Sized hell
160
Forward
181
A Square StandUp Fight
214
Works Consulted
449
Index
473
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Kenneth W. Noe holds the Draughon Chair in Southern History at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He is the author of several books and articles.

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