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One of the largest land battles fought on the North American continent, and second only to Gettysburg in the total number of casualties (a total of about 36,000 killed or wounded), the Battle of Chickamauga was a horrific brawl fought in the dense woods in extreme northwestern Georgia over a two-day period in mid-September 1863. I guess I can't really quite put my finger on exactly why the Battle of Chickamamauga has fascinated me most of my adult life, but it sure has. I had a direct ancestor w...
Cozzens is for readers who like their battles hard-core. He wants to know what every single regiment was doing during the engagement, and he's going to make sure you learn, too. He's a difficult read for the novice, but the trek is unusually rewarding. Cozzens has a good eye for anecdotes and he likes to make clear the gory cost of battle. He's also an excellent exploder of myths--and does a reassessment of those soldiers whose efforts have been either overlooked by history, or overpraised.By th...
Thorough and mostly absorbing account of this pivotal and to me lesser known battle (compared to the eastern battles). At 600+ pages though, this is not one for the unenthusiastic or the somewhat interested. I was lucky enough to make a brief visit to the Chickamauga battlefield in the midst of reading this (had just gotten through the first day) which really helped to visualize the actions better. I was a little surprised at how compact the battlefield was (and how heavily vegetated), which pro...
Another in a fine series of Civil War battle books by Peter Cozzens. I recently visited the Chickamauga battlefield and bookended (so-to-speak) that visit with this account.If you've read other Cozzen's histories, there are no surprises in the writing style or accompanying maps (particularly essential for Chickamauga as the battle lasted over three days in heavily wooded northern Georgia). Minor critiques:1 - The individual actions throughout the day, while well-illustrated by a detailed map, la...
Still the definitive book on ChickamaugaThis is the most detailed description and analysis of the CSA’s last major victory during the ACW. The story moves from the firing line to the command confusion that characterized this bloody struggle in densely wooded terrain. I think it still sets the research standard for this battle.
Excellent narrative history of the battle. So many rich details; you feel like you're there. A bit hard to keep all the actors and actions straight, but overall a very good read.
I like everything that Cozzens writes--very detail oriented.
Excellent book. Lots of detail.
Good book that I read first in the '90's. I, like others, was disappointed by the maps, but I enjoyed Cozzen's writing and narrative of the battle. I have lived most of my life in this area and am always deeply impressed by the fighting at Chickamauga. The cycle of high points and low points as the tide of battle flows. The actions of Generals Bragg and Rosecrans also amaze me. Rosecrans lost his command after this fight. Bragg should have not even have still been in command, but he even hangs o...
Decent book. Cozzens isn't as good a writer as Stephen Sears, though he aims for the same level of detail. Some of the book gets a little dull and parts of the battle on the first day are a bit confusing in the writing; I think this is in part because the battle itself was simply a confusing fight in the woods. The battle wasn't as neat and orderly as say Antietam or Gettysburg and this impacts writing about it.The book has quite a few maps, but many of these fall short especially for the first
Great book for CW buffs and those who love to dig into why events happened as they did. Cozzens glues together some amazing and obscure details throughout the book to paint an active, vibrant picture of the fighting. He weaves together harrowing eye-witness accounts and battle reports to show how the landscape played a major part in the outcome, and how commanders on both sides were on their own, cut off and blinded in the thick forest, smoke and darkness.I continually fall back on this book for...
More than I was expecting from the cover and first scan. Quite a detailed runthrough of the battle, and Rosecrans manuevers to reach the Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge valleys. Only real flaw was an obvious prejudice towards Longstreet, and Cozzens could have spent more time assessing the collapse of Rosecrans. Learned of Thomas' stand on Horseshoe Ridge, which I had not heard of before, that basically covered the entire army's withdraw. This book would be a valued field guide when walking the...
Full of detailed information -- too detailed, too full, to make fun reading. But it's a very complex battle. I disagree with some of his conclusions, such as who was to blame for making a hole in the Union line right where a huge Confederate attack was to strike, but it's still a good one-volume account of a much-neglected Civil War battle.
Other than a die hard civil war afficiendo, I can't recommend this book which has so much details of what particular brigades are doing, that the forest is lost by the trees. Shelby Foote writing on the civil war is poetry whereas this book is a hard slog.
One of the best accounts of the Battle of Chickamauga.Well written and authoritative.Takes the reader into the heat,dust and deep forests of north Georgia in the early fall of 1863,as two great armies and portions of another struggle for control of the gateway to the deep south
One of the more interesting Civil War battles and one of the genre's better writers? It seems as if you couldn't go wrong, and Cozzens doesn't. This is one of the best campaign/battle studies available.
A very good book, about my favorite battle of the Civil War.
So tired of battle books with poor maps. There has to be a better way. But a solid tale of idiosyncrasies and egos which lead to the death of many men.
I would rather have my fingernails torn out with rusty pliers wielded by a spastic inquisitor than read this book again.
Just too much detail to be anything but a reference source.