In September 1863, Union Gen. William S. Rosecrans drives into Georgia flanking Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg out of Chattaoga. Bragg, heavily reinforced, turns on Rosecrans and nearly traps him before he can fall back. The two great armies finally meet at Chickamauga. Through woods and small clearings, a confused but vicious battle rages as each army gropes and grapples at the other trying to find the enemy's flanks. At nightfall, Rosecrans holds his ground and continues to slide his army rthward to Chattaoga. The following morning, however, Bragg launches an attack that catches Rosecrans in the midst of a clumsy readjustment of his lines. Half the Union Army is crushed and sent streaming back to Chattaoga. The other half, led by the redoubtable George H. Thomas, stands firm, weathers furious day-long assaults, and salvages hor and survival for the beaten Union Army. A brief, fast-moving, colorful account of one of the biggest and bloodiest battles of the Civil War by a widely published historian.
STEVEN E. WOODWORTH holds a Ph.D. from Rice University and is a Professor of History at Texas Christian University. He has received numerous awards including the Grady McWhiney Award presented by the Dallas Civil War Roundtable for lifetime achievement in Civil War history and preservation, the Society of Military History Distinguished Book Award, the Fletcher Pratt Award, and has had two books selected by the History Book Club as main selections. He is the author of numerous books, including This Grand Spectacle: The Battle of Chattanooga also from McWhiney Foundation Press. He can be reached for interview at S.Woodworth@tcu.edu.