Decision in the West: the Atlanta Campaign of 1864

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University Press of Kansas, 1992 - History - 665 pages
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One of the Most Dramatic and decisive episodes of the Civil War, the Atlanta Campaign was carried out on a grand scale across a spectacular landscape that pitted some of the war's best (and worst) generals against each other. Albert Castel provides the first detailed history of the campaign published since Jacob D. Cox's version appeared in 1882. Unlike Cox, a general in Sherman's army, Castel provides an objective perspective and a comprehensive account based on primary and secondary sources that have become available in the past 110 years. Castel sweeps away past misinterpretations and tells the reader what actually happened on the battlefields of Georgia in 1864. He gives a full and balanced treatment to the operations of the Union and Confederate armies from the perspective of the common soldiers as well as the top generals and offers new accounts and analyses of many of the major events of the campaign. In particular, he challenges the standard view of Sherman's performance. Written in the present tense to give a sense of immediacy and greater realism, this book demonstrates definitively how the capture of Atlanta by Sherman's army occurred and why it assured Northern victory in the Civil War.

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Review: Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 (Modern War Studies)

User Review  - Sean Chick - Goodreads

A masterpiece of scholarship, writing, and analysis. Castel pulls no punches but sometimes he seems to go overboard in his attacks on Sherman. Overly long and only for those obsessed with the Civil War, like myself. Read full review

Review: Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 (Modern War Studies)

User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

It's a masterpiece, a gem and a fantastic read. The book takes you inside high command meetings as you travel down the Western and Atlantic Railroad, the Union Army struggling to turn the Confederate ... Read full review


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Albert Castel is one of the most respected and prolific scholars in the Civil War community. He has won several prizes for his work, most notably the 1993 Lincoln Prize.

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