Nothing but Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861-1865 (2020)

Nothing but Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861-1865 Steven E. Woodworth Nothing but Victory The Army of the Tennessee In this first full consideration of the remarkable Union army that effectively won the Civil War historian Steven Woodworth tells the engrossing story of its victory by drawing on letters diaries a
  • Title: Nothing but Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861-1865
  • Author: Steven E. Woodworth
  • ISBN: 9780375412189
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Hardcover
Nothing but Victory: The Army of the Tennessee, 1861-1865 Steven E. Woodworth In this first full consideration of the remarkable Union army that effectively won the Civil War, historian Steven Woodworth tells the engrossing story of its victory by drawing on letters, diaries, and newspaper accounts of the time The Army of the Tennessee operated in the Mississippi River Valley through the first half of the Civil War, winning major victories at the CIn this first full consideration of the remarkable Union army that effectively won the Civil War, historian Steven Woodworth tells the engrossing story of its victory by drawing on letters, diaries, and newspaper accounts of the time The Army of the Tennessee operated in the Mississippi River Valley through the first half of the Civil War, winning major victories at the Confederate strongholds of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson, Shiloh, and Vicksburg The army was created at Cairo, Illinois, in the summer of 1861 and took shape under the firm hand of Ulysses S Grant, who molded it into a hard hitting, self reliant fighting machine Woodworth takes us to its winter 1863 encampment in the Louisiana swamps, where the soldiers suffered disease, hardship, and thousands of deaths And we see how the force emerged from that experience even tougher and aggressive than before With the decisive victory at Vicksburg, the Army of the Tennessee had taken control of the Mississippi away from the Confederates and could swing east to aid other Union troops in a grand rolling up of Rebel defenses It did so with a confidence born of repeated success, even against numerical odds, leading one of its soldiers to remark that he and his comrades expected nothing but victory The Army of the Tennessee contributed to the Union triumph at Chattanooga in the fall of 1863 and then became part of William Tecumseh Sherman s combined force in the following summer s march to Atlanta In the complicated maneuvering of that campaign, Sherman referred to the army as his whiplash and used it whenever fast marching and arduous fighting were especially needed Just outside Atlanta, it absorbed the Confederacy s heaviest counterblow and experienced its hardest single day of combat Thereafter, it continued as part of Sherman s corps in his March to the Sea and his campaign through the Carolinas The story of this army is one of perseverance in the face of difficulty, courage amid severe trials, resolute lessons in fighting taught by equally courageous foes, and the determination of a generation of young men to see a righteous cause all the way through to victory Nothing but Victory is an important addition to the literature of the Civil War.
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  1. Eric

    I like this Woodworth He s a big right wing Christian, an orientation undetectable in this book but for the genteel censorship of quoted correspondence We had one h of a battle That McClernand and the quiet recurrence of providentially as a shyly favored adverb Still, the man can write He has a command of the foot solider diaries that repose, by the thousands, in our historical societies the book has a novelistic texture, a density of memorable stories also, quite a few magnificent set pieces th [...]

  2. Jonathan

    An absorbing historical narrative, in the best traditions of Catton, Foote and Nevins, of the trials, tribulations, battles and campaigns of the Army of the Tennessee Professor Woodworth takes us from the raising of the individual companies and regiments, and to their first deployment along the Ohio River, where they were fortunate enough to be commanded by a then obscure general named Grant The battles of this great army are a roll call of honor Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, Chatta [...]

  3. Jerome

    A well written and enjoyable history of the Army of the Tennessee, which had a stunning record of victory against the Confederates Woodworth gives comprehensive treatment to the campaigns and gives us a well balanced look from both the soldiers and the army s notable commanders, although the work is about the army s leaders and soldiers than its campaigns and battles Woodworth argues that its success came from its cohesiveness soldiers trusted their commanders, and commanders utilized a good ba [...]

  4. Mark

    This book gave outstanding views of the Union side of the battles of Vicksburg and Atlanta It was worth reading just for that The book overall was informative on many aspects of 1st Grant s and then Sherman s command Very good read and never tedious despite its length.

  5. Tom Nixon

    When I decided to go see a Civil War Battlefield since it was the 150th Anniversary of the war I wanted to try and find out where Iowans had actually fought I was surprised to learn that, from what I could tell, none of them fought at Gettysburg and I was surprisingly OK with that I figured that Gettysburg will be the highlight of the 150th Anniversary celebrations and everyone will want to go So I did a little digging and found out that most Iowans had fought mainly in the Western theater, play [...]

  6. Brian

    Nothing but Victory is the definitive account of the Army of the Tennessee and the winning of the civil war via the west The idea that the west played a critical role in the Civil War has been around for sometime but only in the past 5 to 10 years has it become a dominant idea that the battles of the Army of Tennessee were the critical link in allowing the Union to win the civil war and destroying the confederacy This book provides an overview of the tactics, strategies and human stories that ma [...]

  7. Emily

    Provides plenty of POV of ordinary soldiers in the Union army, drawing from their letters The book seems to be a restatement of Grant s memoirs inserting the soldiers letters as glosses on the main text Occasional passages are inferior paraphrases of Grant s own fine prose And quotations endorsing Grant s hit them hard and fast philosophy of war sound like a refrain throughout the text.However, Woodworth provides vivid descriptions of camp conditions both good and miserable, memorable events lik [...]

  8. Steve

    During the Civil War, Union general George B McClellan set up the Army of the Potomac They trained and fought in battles around Antietam, Fredericksburg, Bull Run, and Gettysburg The eastern theater of the Civil War The Army of the Tennessee was led by Union general Ulysses S Grant and fought in the western theater of the Civil War He strategically planned the siege and capture of Vicksburg, Miss Which was a Confederate supply depot and port Another Union general led his troops to blaze a path o [...]

  9. Lee Thackston

    A tremendous amount of research went in to this book which is evident from the large number of journals and memoirs and diaries that the author drew from The Bibliography seems to go on forever In all it s a good representation of the Army of the Tennessee from its inception to dissolution four years later It does good to point out the military faults of the super human Grant and Sherman, while showing how they used the talent they did have to produce victory after victory The only reason it get [...]

  10. Clay

    Great history of this fascinating and often overlooked theater of the Civil War It could have used a few maps, but having a good Civil War battle atlas on hand remedies the only major drawbacl of this book The battle description contains amazing amounts of detail and I found referring to maps essential to keep track of where all the units involved were at It would have been nice to get a short overview of some of the major players lives after the end of the conflict, but such a long volume has t [...]

  11. Straw

    Whew that was a long one I m kind of amused when authors pick a general and are terribly effusive about him In this case Mister Woodworth has a deep and abiding love of US Grant He may be missing some flaws but hey I admire his passion I particularly enjoyed the mentions of the 13th US infantry and the 21st Iowa in honor of gggrandfather and gggranduncle.

  12. Padraig

    A great addition to the canon Sheds light on what is misidentified as the sideshow of the Civil War, which, in fact, was the show Western Theater A nice book touching both common soldier stories and staff command narratives.

  13. Al

    Truly outstanding work on the Union Army of Tennessee, first under Grant, then Sherman The campaign to take Vicksburg is especially exciting, and reads like a novel Gives a good feel for the operational level of war.

  14. Jim

    A good history of one of the most successful Union armies The author emphasizes the role that Grant played in shaping the attitude of the army as it s first commander My only complaint is the lack of maps that would help the reader understand and follow key battles and campaigns.

  15. Eric Bittner

    An outstanding history of the army most responsible for the Union victory in the civil war The only issue I had with it is the lack of maps, which makes understanding some of the battles rather difficult.

  16. William P.

    I have only one comment to make , this is one of those rare occasions when I wished that I had just purchased the book and was taking it home to read and had all the enjoyment to look forward to.

  17. Paul

    A very well written book about a part of the Civil War that is rarely talked about, the war in the west.

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