The Shipwreck of Their Hopes: THE BATTLES FOR CHATTANOOGA

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University of Illinois Press, 1996 - History - 536 pages
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Civil War enthusiasts will welcome this concluding volume of Peter Cozzens's highly praised trilogy on the Civil War in the West.
 
The battle around Chattanooga in the late fall of 1863 were among the most decisive of the Civil War, opening the Deep South to the Union and setting the stage for the Atlanta campaign and the March to the Sea.  After Chattanooga, the principal Confederate army in the West fought without spirit or hope of victory. Cozzens's comprehensive account details movements of individual regiments, even as it reveals the larger impact of the campaign on the outcome of the war.
 
In The Shipwreck of Their Hopes, Cozzens draws on his acclaimed storytelling skills and exhaustive research efforts to fully chronicle one of the South's most humiliating defeats. As in his earlier books, he brings to life the officers and enlisted men who fought the war.
 
 

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This is the last of the trilogy that the author wrote about the major eastern battles in Tennessee. Most of his research came from letters and diaries of the participants. I found it hard to follow ... Read full review

Contents

Two Starvation Camp
8
Theater of Operations
12
Three Everyone Here Curses Bragg
23
Four Audacity Might Yet Bring Us Through
39
Five A Medal of Honor or Two Ears of Corn
48
October 1863 Situation
54
45 A M Browns Ferry
62
Six Our Lagging Efforts
66
November 11 A M Lookout Mountain
172
Fourteen The Shipwreck of Their Hopes
192
30 A M Tunnel Hill
213
Seventeen An Unusual SoleMnity Pervades
244
Eighteen We Are All Officers Today
257
Twentytwo Save Yourself The Yankees Are on You
320
Twentythree We Are Fighting the World
332
Twentyfour Whipped Mortified and Chagrined
343

Seven The Chance of Success May Be Calculated
78
Eight A Golden Thread through the Tangled Web
101
November Nightfall
138
Eleven The Advantage Was Greatly on Our Side Now
143
Twelve The Most Curious Battle of the War
159
30 A M Ringgold Gap
378
Twentyseven The Fruits Are Bitter
385
Appendix The Opposing Forces in
399
Bibliography
473
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About the author (1996)

Peter Cozzens, a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State, is the author of No Better Place to Die: The Battle of Stones River, a selection of both the Book-of-the-Month Club and the History Book Club, and This Terrible Sound: The Battle of Chickamauga, the main selection of the History Book Club.
 

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