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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Oct 2020 8:04 p.m. PST

… the Course of the Civil War, June 23 – July 4, 1863

"July 1863 was a momentous month in the Civil War. News of Gettysburg and Vicksburg electrified the North and devastated the South. Sandwiched geographically between those victories and lost in the heady tumult of events was news that William S. Rosecrans's Army of the Cumberland had driven Braxton Bragg's Army of Tennessee entirely out of Middle Tennessee. The brilliant campaign nearly cleared the state of Rebels and changed the calculus of the Civil War in the Western Theater. Despite its decisive significance, few readers even today know of these events. The publication of Tullahoma: The Forgotten Campaign that Changed the Course of Civil War, June 23 – July 4, 1863 by award-winning authors David A. Powell and Eric J. Wittenberg, forever rectifies that oversight.

On June 23, 1863, Rosecrans, with some 60,000 men, initiated a classic campaign of maneuver against Bragg's 40,000. Confronted with rugged terrain and a heavily entrenched foe, Rosecrans intended to defeat Bragg through strategy rather than bloodshed by outflanking him and seizing control of Bragg's supply line, the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad, at Tullahoma and thus force him to fight a battle outside of his extensive earthworks. It almost worked…"


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Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2020 4:16 a.m. PST

I'm reading this book now. Powell is an authority on this campaign and Wittenberg is perhaps the most knowledgeable author out there on Union cavalry in the Western Theater.

Once you plow through the obligatory chapter on Bragg and the dysfunctional command structure of the AOT, it's a very good treatise on this lesser known campaign.

If you are interested in the Western Theater of the ACW, this book is highly recommended.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2020 2:27 p.m. PST

Many thanks!


Major Mike04 Oct 2020 3:14 p.m. PST

I would recommend this book link

or a companion to it link

both by Michael Bradley

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2020 11:11 a.m. PST

Thanks also!….


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