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 Post subject: New Good Read
PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:41 am 
So, I've been through a plethora of Civil War titles, but I'm in the mood for something new and different. I like reading about the Western Campaign in general because I feel it gets much less attention than the East. Does anyone have anything off the top of their heads they've recently read about the West and have enjoyed? Thanks!! 8)


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 Post subject: Re: New Good Read
PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:51 am 
Decision in the West. A very fine study of the Atlanta Campaign!

Where the South Lost the War. A look at the overall consequences of the failure of the Confederacy to hold forts Henry and Donelson in 1861 - 1862.

Both are great reads and available on Amazon.

(you know we mention Amazon enough to where they should pay us a cut of their profits for endorsing them)


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 Post subject: Re: New Good Read
PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:57 am 
Really, they should Hahaha :D.....Thank you Mr. President!


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 Post subject: Re: New Good Read
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Grant Moves South and Grant Takes Command, both by Bruce Catton. Excellent reads.

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 Post subject: Re: New Good Read
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You could start with the series by Peter Cozzens that follows the Western Theater. I believe first one is on Corinth/Iuka.

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Peter Cozzins' "The Shipwreck of Their Hopes" about the Chattanooga campaign is excellent. He does a good job getting the reader into the middle of the battles. I recomend anything from him.

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Decision in the West is fantastic. I recently read Cozzen's book on Chickamagua and found it to be the most detailed, regiment level account I have ever read.


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 Post subject: Re: New Good Read
PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:52 am 
Nelms is correct. Peter Cozzens is a wonderful author and his series of books such as Corinth, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, and Chattanooga are great. Does he have any others on the Western Theater I am missing or that have been released lately?


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 Post subject: Re: New Good Read
PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:12 am 
I wonder if he has any of his titles (Cozzens) on Amazon's Kindle? Anyone know?


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 Post subject: Re: New Good Read
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They have "The Darkest Days of the War: The Battles of Iuka and Corith" plus his new one on the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862.

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Cozzens' "This Terrible Sound" is an excellent book on Chickamauga and a fine example of how historical writters should write battle histories. He does an excellent job of both descrbing and attaching useful maps of the action. Many writters give excellent descriptions of the movements and actions but then drop the ball by not giving you a map that allows you to orient yourself with what is going on and why it is important. I have found it very fustrating to read well written books describing how some regiment marched through this field turned right at that farm house and crossed some fence to deliver their attack without ever giving you a hint as to where those locations were and if they were even on the battlefield.

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 Post subject: Re: New Good Read
PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 9:37 am 
Thanks guys just downloaded his new one on the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862. and will look into "This Terrible Sound." as well


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 Post subject: Re: New Good Read
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If you are interested in reading about the war in the west, I would recommend Vicksburg 1863 by Winston Groom. Groom is the guy who wrote "Forrest Gump". It has some minor errors, but does about as good a job as I have seen of making sense of the first two years of the war on the Mississippi front.

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 Post subject: Re: New Good Read
PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:23 am 
Ken, you can be on the battlefield of Chickamauga and still be confused as to what happened there! The maps are great to have. I used to live nearby there and it took me about 10 visits to finally feel like I could hike the battlefield without a map.


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