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donlowry12 Apr 2018 11:49 a.m. PST

I thought I posted this earlier, but for some reason it doesn't show up on the list.

Having finished my latest book, on the Chattanooga and Knoxville campaigns, I'm considering writing one that would start where it left off (with Sherman's relief of Knoxville, 6 Dec 63) and go on to connect to my earlier 1864 series, which begins with Grant's appointment as general-in-chief (March 64). My question is, would there be any interest in such a volume? There were no major battles during those 3 winter months, but it would include the following:

1. Longstreet's retreat into and sojourn in the northeastern part of East Tennessee.

2. Averell's raid on Salem, Va.

3. Forrest's recruiting in and retreat from West Tennessee.

4. Sherman's Meridian campaign, including Forrest's defeat of Sooy Smith.

5. A mass escape of Union officers from Libby Prison.

6. The Kilpatrick/Dahlgren raid on Richmond.

My other option is to back up to the beginning of the War (Fort Sumter) and do a 61-62 series of volumes. If I write the one outlined above now, I will start the 61-62 series after it.

Input would be appreciated.

Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2018 1:32 p.m. PST

I think the 61-62 set would be more worthwhile as there is far more to write about. I particularly like that period because no one knew what they were doing.

The winter of 63-64 was pretty much everyone taking a breather.

Ferd4523112 Apr 2018 2:07 p.m. PST

Numbers 5 and 6 are the most appealing to me. H

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2018 2:07 p.m. PST

I concur, The early period is much more interesting!

warwell13 Apr 2018 1:32 a.m. PST

no major battles

What about Olustee? ;)

donlowry13 Apr 2018 8:06 a.m. PST

Yes that'll be included, but I wouldn't call it a major battle.

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2018 2:02 p.m. PST

1 and 4 appeal to me.

donlowry15 Apr 2018 11:43 a.m. PST

It's not a choice between 1-6, ALL of those (plus Olustee) would be included in one chronological narrative. Judging by my previous books*, about 800 pages.


donlowry23 Apr 2018 7:58 a.m. PST

I've decided to go with the winter of '63-'64 volume, as described above, first, then go back and start a '61-'62 series. I think there was enough interesting stuff going on that winter to justify a volume.

Not sure yet what I'll call it. Probably be done about this time next year.

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